Posts by John Hardison
Why You Need ‘The Blender’ to Engage Your Students
‘The Blender’ interactive learning structure is designed to foster engaged learning by adding the main ingredient needed for students to express their creativity: opportunity.
Keep Your Head Up
One teacher shares a collaborative project idea meant to deliver a positive message to students, teachers, and parents about persevering through tough times, showing some grit, and leaning on their school district family when needed.
“The Professional Grade Teacher”
What makes a teacher professional? How can we truly define a professional grade teacher? John Hardison shares 31 ways to describe the nearly indescribable.
1 Question, 1 Challenge, and 11 of the Best Teacher Gifts
What is the perfect teacher gift? Well, it may just be the culmination of many. Here are 11 that don't come as part of the holidays.
Creating Positive Learning Environments for a New School Year
Nothing is more crucial than creating a positive learning environment where respect and all of its verbal disciples are always present. So as we embark on a new school year, let’s review what R.E.S.P.E.C.T. looks like in a successful classroom means.
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.