The Front Porch: A Rockin’ Interactive Structure

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There is so much about a comfortable front porch that is absolutely irresistible. The smooth, back-and-forth creaking of wooden rocking chairs. The rhythmic and melodic squeaks of a hanging porch swing. The clanking of ice against a glass of sweet tea that is topped off with a wedge of lemon. The sounds of a lazy afternoon highlighted by a gentle mixture of leisurely neighborhood activities and the busy-ness of nature.

And, without a doubt, the most important sound of all…

A fluid, relaxed, and honest conversation.

Assuming the above comments are indeed true of the quintessential, down home front porch, shouldn’t the same sounds be heard from the front porch of, say, a classroom?


Introducing Studio 113’s “The Front Porch,” an interactive structure that is discussion-based learning where improvisational acting meets a flowing and focused conversation.

On this front porch, you will be sure to hear the sounds of excellent character entrances, revealed student talent, relative current events, and thematic discourse. Yep. Just lend your ears to sounds as sweet as Southern iced tea.

So, step on up to the front porch and sit a spell.

A great conversation awaits.

 Y’all come back now. Ya hear?

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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.


jill /

Nice job old man. We could do something like this for hamlet with AP. Maybe a throne room scene

John Hardison /

Absolutely. It is quite challenging for the students, but they loved it. Once they get into the characters and stay on topic, they really benefit from the structure. Hamlet would be perfect with this.