Innovative Engagement Strategies for ELA and Humanities

This resource pulls together the work of John Hardison, an interactive facilitator of learning and blended learning specialist at East Hall High School (Studio 113 & EPiCC) in Gainesville, Georgia. Hardison, a veteran teacher of English Language Arts (ELA) and the humanities, focuses on creativity, interactive structures, and student choice to bring literature to life.  The first two articles discuss Hardison’s physical classroom design and interactive structures (such as use of a mobile stage). They detail how he plans and delivers lessons and activities using design thinking to boost motivation and engagement. The articles include infographics and classroom videos, that help to illustrate his work.

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

Classroom Design and the Learning Experience

In addition, Hardison’s Studio 113 website includes links to lessons and the video projects of his students, blogs written by his students, and a professional development page for teachers. This is a really useful compilation for any ELA or humanities teacher looking to increase student engagement through student-centered lessons and classroom set up.

Source Organization: Getting Smart

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