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The Creative Classroom with John Spencer
20 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
Creative Habits Versus Creative Momentum
I stare at the blinking cursor — an apt term for the blank page rhythmically lulling me into a curse of nothingness, slowly gaining inertia with every passing second. It’s a silent metronome counting down the time I haven’t written. It’s a quiet loop on... The post Creative Habits Versus Creative Momentum appeared first on John Spencer.
37 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
Elena Aguilar on Coaching for Equity
In my latest episode, I interviewed Elena Aguilar about coaching, equity, and transforming teacher practice. She asked me a question that had me thinking about my own answer for days — and question what that means for my teaching practice. Elena is a true expert... The post Elena Aguilar on Coaching for Equity appeared first on John Spencer.
20 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
Sprints, Mini-Projects, and Project-Based Learning
This would be the year. I would be a fully project-based social studies teacher. After reading every PBL book I could read and attending PBL sessions at a few summer conferences, I had a vision for a new way of teaching my subject. My third... The post Sprints, Mini-Projects, and Project-Based Learning appeared first on John Spencer.
57 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
Mike Kaechele and Dr. Matinga Ragatz on the Pulse of PBL
Mike Kaechele and Dr. Matinga Ragatz are the co-authors of a newly released book, Pulse of PBL: Cultivating Equity Through Social Emotional Learning. Full Disclosure: I am a co-owner of Blend Education, the publisher of their book. It has been an incredible opportunity to witness... The post Mike Kaechele and Dr. Matinga Ragatz on the Pulse of PBL appeared first on John Spencer.
31 minutes | May 24, 2022
Showrunner Jerry Kolber on the Power of Creativity and Curiosity to Deepen Learning
In this week’s podcast, I interviewed Jerry Kolber, a Showrunner and podcast creator. We talked about creativity, curiosity, and what it would mean to re-imagine learning in schools. Listen to the Podcast If you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to it on... The post Showrunner Jerry Kolber on the Power of Creativity and Curiosity to Deepen Learning appeared first on John Spencer.
24 minutes | May 10, 2022
Seven Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Peer Feedback in the Classroom
Years ago, as I shifted toward empowering students, I ask myself the question, “What am I doing for students that they could be doing for themselves?” One of the most glaring answers was assessment. So, I began to incorporate peer assessment and self-assessment. However, my... The post Seven Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Peer Feedback in the Classroom appeared first on John Spencer.
24 minutes | May 2, 2022
Five Reasons Students Should Own the Assessment Process
For years, I held a very teacher-centered view of assessment. I would grade student work and use that to modify lessons and pull small groups. Students would receive a grade, which would then motivate them to work harder. Later, I started realizing that my feedback... The post Five Reasons Students Should Own the Assessment Process appeared first on John Spencer.
13 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
The Seven Types of Creative Teachers
When I was a new teacher, I railed against boxed curriculum. I felt like a chef being forced to use Hamburger Helper or an artist forced to paint by number. It felt like they had taken the creativity out of the profession and I was... The post The Seven Types of Creative Teachers appeared first on John Spencer.
41 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
Dr. Susie Wise on the Power of Designing for Belonging
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to interview Dr. Susie Wise on the big idea of designing for belonging. Dr. Wise is a true design thinking expert who asks hard questions about the intersection of design and equity. I have followed her work... The post Dr. Susie Wise on the Power of Designing for Belonging appeared first on John Spencer.
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