The Creative Classroom with John Spencer
By John Spencer
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I want to see teachers can transform classrooms into spaces of imagination and wonder. So, here's where I explore what it means to make this a reality.
||CleanThe Difference Between Being Busy and Being Productive||I recently wrote about the power of rest to increase productivity and creative thinking. For that reason, I also want to share a phenomenal resource from my friend, Angela Watson, that empowers teachers to make this a reality. She also has a summer||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree Reasons to Try Video Prompts in Your Classroom||Last summer, my son started an online writer’s workshop. Although it fizzled by the end of the summer, there was a period where they were all working on a collaborative story and writing their own editorials back and forth. This wasn’t a scho||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Rest a Priority in the Summer||Teaching is an exhausting gig and when teachers take the time to rest during the summer, they able to find a place of renewal and restoration. Research has demonstrated that rest is vital for maintaining our passion and reaching our creative potential.||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Seven Types of Creative Teachers|| Schools often hold a narrow view of creativity, relegating it to the art room and maybe some fun crafts in class. Sometimes “creative type” is used in a derogatory way. It’s the teacher with the messy desk or the craft supplies sc||6/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeven Strategies for Improving Student Feedback||We know feedback is important. But what happens when students ignore it? In this article and podcast, we explore how to integrate feedback into every part of the learning process so that students can increase in metacognition during their PBL and desig||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUsing Design Thinking to Innovate in Your Own Practice||A few months ago, I had the opportunity to deliver an opening keynote and closing talk for EdEx, a conference in Eindhoven (in the Netherlands). When Jochem first shared his idea of a weeklong design expedition, I imagined teachers working in a makersp||5/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Myths About Classroom Management in PBL||I want to make something clear before we dive into this topic. I made huge mistakes in classroom management as a teacher. I let certain disruptive behaviors go unchecked because I was tired and I didn’t want to put out another fire. I had moments w||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Journalism Might Actually Be the Class of the Future||When we imagine the future of learning, we often hear about STEM and STEAM and things like robotics or coding. But I’d argue that one of the most relevant subjects for developing a maker mindset is actually journalism. Here’s why. Listen to||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTen Vintage Ideas to Spark Innovation in Your Classroom||The Astrodome was a modern miracle, a Space Age wonder, with a glass dome, high-tech air-conditioning, and the world’s biggest scoreboard. When it opened in 1965, reporters dubbed it the “8th Wonder of the World.” (Wilson, 1965) This was the futu||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat can food trucks teach us about project-based learning?||When we think of innovative companies, it’s easy to imagine an open-air tech startup with ping pong tables and free drinks and huge windows and chairs so modern you’re not sure how you’re supposed to sit in them or look at them. Sometim||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
You're In The Room
John does such a great job at narrating and thinking out loud that you feel as if you are having a one on one conversation with him. And that's pretty cool.
Who is this guy?
John Spencer is an enigma. No one-trick pony, Spencer consistently comes up with new, thoughtful, and engrossing monologues on topics that span the gamut of pedagogical thinking. Nearly every episode leads me to an "Aha!" type response. How does he do that so consistently?
Recent topics have included philosophy in the classroom, project management, "deep work," top trends in technology, and "vintage ideas." (See what I mean?) They're meaty enough that you can listen to the same episode several times (or read the whole darn thing on your phone), and get more out of each one.
Content aside, I also love the tone of Spencer's delivery. Some other podcasts I listen to sound like talk radio of the worst sort: loud and hyper-enthusiastic. Spencer's enthusiasm is genuine, and his voice is conversational and soothing.
Try any one episode and you'll be hooked.
Great podcast, video series, and author. Every educator needs to listen these podcasts.
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