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John Hardison

John Hardison
John Hardison is an interactive facilitator of learning and blended learning specialist at East Hall High School (Studio 113 & EPiCC) in Gainesville, Georgia. By creating a flexible class where literature creatively comes to life on a stage with students as the stars, Mr. Hardison focuses heavily on creativity, interactive structures, and student choices. In the past 18 years at East Hall High School, he has taught AP Language, American Literature, World Literature, and Applied Communications. Through original learning structures and a shared classroom concept, students are inspired to connect literature with their own talents and interests. Mr. Hardison shares his classroom concept and interactive structures by presenting at professional conferences and upon request by various schools. Look for John at ISTE and follow him on Twitter at @JohnHardison1.

Is 100% Student Engagement Possible? You Bet It Is.

If you were to ask me, "Hey, you bald-headed, teaching version of a Mr. Clean, is it possible to teach concepts with 100% student engagement for five days straight?" My knee-jerk response would be, "You bet it is!" Here's why.

40 “Teaching Madness” Indicators For Educators

By John Hardison - In honor of March Madness, here is a checklist of 40 thoughts and indicators for my fellow educators to test your teaching “madness" level.

The Trifecta: A Triple-Threat Interactive Learning Structure

By: John Hardison. “The Trifecta” guides student teams through three rigorous rounds that demand participation, upper-level thinking skills and creativity. See videos of the program in action here.

Bad Breath and the Art of Teaching

Teaching is an extremely challenging job, and by many accounts it appears to be growing more so each year. But with an invigorating and occasional pause each day, all teachers can be fully aware practitioners of the art of teaching.

Hours of Details=90 Seconds of Glory

By asking my students to bring literature to life in these 90-second videos, they learn teamwork and attention to detail in addition to the lessons of the actual story.

Ahh Yeah! The Slow Jams Are Back

What do you get when you cross Jimmy Fallon with East Hall High School's innovative Studio 113 American Literature class? Another awesome "Slow Jam The Poem" lesson plan.

Drop the Syllabus for a “No-Dis Day” on Day One

Here is my creative first day of school approach to introduce the classroom vision and guidelines while avoiding the usual coma-like state of boredom that renders students disengaged, disillusioned and disconcerted.