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The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | Education
11 minutes | a day ago
126: 5 Ways to Use your Writing Makerspace
Ready to put your writing makerspace into action? In today's episode, get five easy ideas for incorporating it into your writing instruction in your creative ELA classes. Want to sign up for Camp Creative: Master Hexagonal Thinking in Five Minutes a Day? Click Here!
13 minutes | 14 days ago
125: How to Start a Writing Makerspace
Heard whispers about the writing makerspace and wondering if it could help your writers? Find out how it works and how to easily get started in this episode. Find the full show notes and sign up for this summer's Camp Creative at www.nowsparkcreativity.com.
14 minutes | a month ago
124: 6 Free Canva Tools for Teachers
Want to use Canva tools in your classroom? Good, because they're amazing! In this episode, learn about some of the best - like the handout creator, bookmark designer and flashcard maker - and how to use them. Once you start, expect to be using Canva on the daily! Show notes are at http://www.nowsparkcreativity.com. Join our Facebook Group, Creative High School English. Say hi on Instagram.
31 minutes | a month ago
123: Creative Blended Learning (Now and in the Future), with Dr. Catlin Tucker
In this interview with Dr. Catlin Tucker, blended learning specialist, learn about the station rotation model, effective playlist creation for independent learning, project-based-learning in the time of pandemic, and more.
16 minutes | 2 months ago
122: The Ultimate Guide to Genius Hour In ELA
Ready to dive into genius hour with your students? Genius hour is an amazing way to develop their creativity AND ELA skillset. In this episode, learn how to rally student enthusiasm, structure projects, and come up with creative final products that make good use of ELA skills. Find the show notes at www.nowsparkcreativity.com
25 minutes | 2 months ago
121: When Lit Circles WORK, with Krista Barbour
Want to do lit circles with your older students without the usual prescribed roles? Find out how one teacher made them work beautifully in her classroom. I love how Krista integrated her lit circles with a full class non-fiction novel, the way she stoked enthusiasm for her book choices by reading the first chapter aloud from ALL OF THEM, her advice for letting go of control when it comes to lit circles, and so much more. Listen for the whole story!
16 minutes | 3 months ago
120: Collegiate High School's Digital Literary Food Truck Festival
A literary food truck project is a great creative assessment for lit circles and choice reading. Find out how to take it digital in this interview with Amy Marquez and Alyssa Medrano, a creative librarian-English teacher team at Collegiate High School in Texas. Then sign up for the free food truck project curriculum from the show notes at www.nowsparkcreativity.com.
14 minutes | 3 months ago
119: 5 Creative Ways to Use QR Codes in ELA
Want to try mixing interactive QR codes into your lesson plans, classroom design, and school hallways? In this show, find out how to simply create QR codes and use them in five creative ways in your ELA program.
38 minutes | 4 months ago
118: Big Ideas for Better Writing Instruction, with EB Academics
Feel adrift when it comes to teaching writing? You’ll find great tips in today's episode to help, like spiraling your writing instruction to improve its effectiveness, using mystery activities to help students get excited about writing argument, and using stations with specific tasks for better peer editing. Get ready to dive into this big topic with special guest, Caitlin, from EB Academics.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
117: 10 Ways to Encourage a Reading Culture in your (Online) Classroom
Wishing you could promote choice reading more effectively with students online? It IS possible to create a rich reading culture with your kids now. Check out these ten ideas for bringing choice books into the daily swing of things in your blended or remote classroom.
16 minutes | 4 months ago
116: Connect with your Students as 2021 Begins
Happy New Year! In this episode, discover six ideas for re-connecting with your students when you get back to school, no matter what your scenario. Find the show notes at: http://www.nowsparkcreativity.com Learn more about The Lighthouse at: https://sparkcreativity.kartra.com/page/Lighthouse2021
18 minutes | 5 months ago
115: 5 Creative Digital Poetry Activities
Teaching a poetry unit online? Need engaging poetry unit ideas for blended learning? Today we're talking about digital poetry tiles, digital book spine poetry, online blackout poetry, spoken word, and digital "I am from" poem galleries. You'll love these easy wins! Sign up for Camp Creative (which starts next week!) here: https://sparkcreativity.kartra.com/page/campcreative
20 minutes | 5 months ago
114: Easily Reduce your Digital Paper Pile
Is your digital paper pile keeping you up at night? Check out this episode for three easy ways to cut down your online grading time. Sign up for Camp Creative: https://sparkcreativity.kartra.com/page/campcreative
47 minutes | 5 months ago
113: Breakout Rooms, Community Building, and Grading Policies for Online Teaching
In this episode, get ideas for better breakout rooms, building community in the remote classroom, teaching writing online, and much more with my guest Christina, from The Daring English Teacher. You can find the show notes at www.nowsparkcreativity.com.
18 minutes | 5 months ago
112: A 2020 Gift Guide for Creative English Teachers
In search of fun, creative gifts this holiday season? Discover sixteen ideas in this first annual Creative English Teacher's Gift Guide episode. From teacher tees and wine labels to the best places to shop for books while supporting independent bookstores, this gift guide has great options to make shopping for your colleagues and friends (and maybe yourself) easy for you.
41 minutes | 6 months 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 | 6 months 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 | 6 months 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 | 6 months 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 | 6 months 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/
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