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The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | Education
41 minutes | 6 days ago
111: Creative Uses for Jamboard, with Matt Miller
Want to try Jamboard, but not sure how? In this episode, discover creative classroom options for Jamboard, and learn how to avoid the common pitfalls. Guest Matt Miller from Ditch that Textbook shares his expertise.
23 minutes | 13 days ago
110: Taking Writing Workshop Digital (It's Easy), with Amanda Werner
Wanting to experiment with workshop in your online classroom? Let Amanda teach you how! Writing workshop translates easily and simply to the virtual classroom. Find out how to use recorded mini-lessons, easy check-in strategies, and lots of student choice to help students thrive in your online workshops.
15 minutes | 20 days ago
109: How to Make Digital Magnetic Poetry Activities
In this episode, learn how to make a digital magnetic poetry set around any theme in three easy steps. Try this creative poetry writing activity on Google Slides if your students need a little break or as part of a poetry unit. You can sign up for your free gratitude digital magnetic poetry kit at ww.nowsparkcreativity.com in the show notes.
14 minutes | a month ago
108: Try a Virtual Travel Research Project
Build research into a fun virtual travel project with this short unit perfect for pandemic winter. Students will research a far-off destination they're interested in, curate and create the pieces of an online showcase to share the place with others, and then create QR-code based posters to put up around your school or community. Passers-by can scan the codes to experience virtual travel, courtesy of your students!
17 minutes | a month ago
107: Virtual Discussion Problems? Try this
Online discussions not flowing as they should? It's tough leading a virtual discussion, especially with mics muted and videos off. Try digital discussion warm-ups to help. Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/256927044749038/ Find the show notes: http://www.nowsparkcreativity.com/p/podcasts.html Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nowsparkcreativity/
29 minutes | 2 months ago
106: Doing a Podcast Project? Let me be your Guest Speaker
Podcasting is an ideal ELA project for students right now. If you're diving in, let me be your guest speaker! In this unusual episode, I'm answering student questions about what it's like to be a podcaster. My hope is that you will share this show with your students in the midst of an upcoming podcast unit.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
105: How to Creatively use T.V. Clips in ELA
Want to use T.V. clips as one of your options to inspire rigorous, creative activities in your ELA classes? Listen in to these wonderful clip/project pairings from Danielle at Nouvelle ELA.
17 minutes | 3 months ago
103: Off Screen Activities for Remote Learning in ELA
Trying to give your distance learners some screen breaks? Here are some ideas to help ELA students do productive work away from the glow. In the rush to embrace all the (wonderful!) new technology, let's not forget that real books, pens, and paper can still be creative tools to help kids grow while protecting their eyes and brains from too much screen time.
13 minutes | 3 months ago
102: Taking your Literary Food Truck Festival Digital
Take your Literary Food Truck Festival online with the easy steps and free curriculum in this post and podcast from Spark Creativity. Sign up for the free complete curriculum for this project in the show notes today.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
101: How to Run Virtual Literature Circles
Do you love literature circles but worry they can't translate to a blended or virtual classroom? In this episode, find out how to bring them online. This is the second in this week's Back-to-School Blended series.
16 minutes | 3 months ago
100: How to Run a Virtual First Chapter Friday
Want to get started with a First Chapter Friday program, but not sure how to do it with blended learning? Don't worry, this episode will show you how! Happy 100th episode! This is the first in a three-episode series called "Back-to-School Blended" coming out this week. Today it's virtual first chapter Friday, tomorrow it's virtual literature circles, and Thursday we'll dive into virtual literary food truck festivals. You can find the show notes here: http://www.nowsparkcreativity.com/2020/08/how-to-run-virtual-first-chapter-friday.html
40 minutes | 4 months ago
099: How to Get your Students listening to Podcasts, with Ashley Bible
Podcasts are an easy, accessible, (FREE) and hands-free text option for students during blended learning. In this episode of The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, find out how to build a podcast unit, great podcast episode options for your ELA students, platforms to discuss podcasts together online, and more. We're talking with Ashley Bible from Building Book Love.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
098: 5 Flexible ELA Unit Ideas for Fall
Wondering how to flip your classroom so you can teach two separate groups of kids in person and online? In this episode, discover five flexible ELA unit ideas that require no texts, and how to teach them to your in-person and at-home groups at the same time.
22 minutes | 4 months ago
097: A Flexible Plan for Blended Learning
As you plan for blended learning and shifting scenarios this fall, a flexible approach will allow you to be prepared without being attached to any certain schedule. Let me show you how to do it! In this episode, we're looking at four creative principles for flexibly planning your blended learning and then taking a look at how to apply these ideas to a range of possible scenarios. Get ready to finally feel confident about your planning!
31 minutes | 5 months ago
096: Summer Priorities in the Face of Fall Uncertainties, with Angela Watson
Teacher planning is hard this year with all the uncertainties of fall. Will you be remote teaching? Orchestrating blended learning? Both? In this podcast interview with Angela Watson, teacher productivity and mindset expert, discover strategies for using summer to reset, regroup, and plan for fall despite the uncertainties.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
095: Remote Teaching: Grading, Discussion, and Building Community with Marie Morris and Amanda Cardenas
Trying to plan for remote teaching this fall in your high school ELA classes? In this podcast, we're diving into best practices for grading, discussion, building community, first units and more for distance learning this fall. Join me as we chat with guests Marie Morris and Amanda Cardenas. Find the show notes at www.nowsparkcreativity.com Join our creative community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/256927044749038/
40 minutes | 6 months ago
094: Project Lit, Sketchnotes, and Classroom Design with Laquisha Hall
If you’re interested in incorporating Project Lit titles, sketchnotes, the publication of student writing and effective classroom design into your work as an English teacher, you’re going to love this episode with Baltimore City Teacher of the Year, Laquisha Hall. Laquisha shares so many wonderful stories to inspire you. Wait till you hear how she managed to find funding for four copies of all twenty-five Project Lit titles, how she publishes student work anthologies online and guides her students in selling them, and how she designed a classroom space where her students feel they’ve stepped out of the system. And that’s not all.
19 minutes | 6 months ago
093: A Plan for your First Fall Unit (Unknowns and All)
Wondering whether fall will bring distance learning, blended learning, or a return to strangely distant classrooms? In this podcast episode, discover a plan for an opening unit that will work for any of those scenarios. Plus, it will help you build community in your class and allow you to get to know your students, even if you can't actually meet them in person. Join the conversation in our Facebook group: Creative High School English. Check out the Show Notes. Learn more about my affiliate partner, The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek.
13 minutes | 7 months ago
092: Distance Learning: A Creative End to the Year
It's been a difficult spring term to say the least. But chances are, you still want to find a way to end things on a positive, creative, meaningful note. This episode can help.
45 minutes | 7 months ago
091: Taking School into the City, with Laura Deisley of Lab Atlanta
Lab Atlanta is an innovative program connecting students with the resources and richness of Atlanta, and empowering them to make an impact through project-based learning. Find out more in this podcast episode with its founder, Laura Deisley, and start thinking about how you could incorporate aspects of its model into your own teaching. Find the show notes at www.nowsparkcreativity.com.
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