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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.

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.

Do You Know Me? The Voice of a Disgruntled Student in a Boring Class

“Ignited by the opportunity for creative expression and fueled by talent-based, intrinsic motivation, students will relentlessly pursue higher truths and knowledge to create lives replete with challenges, service, integrity, happiness, fulfillment, and success.” We can call this standard TSBR-US1 (“This Should Be Reality-Universal Standard #1). It may not be too common in many classes, but I promise it will go right to the core of all students’ learning spirits.

Want Student Engagement? Stage It and Set the Hook

When I was a young adolescent, bass fishing excursions with my father were either the longest and most boring six hours of pointless casting or a crank-tastic time tied together by a lure, line, and learned lessons.