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.
||CleanTen Old-School Tech Skills Your Students Never Had to Deal With||I was born in the Ice Age, when Ice Cube, Ice-T, and Vanilla Ice were all the rage. If you had told me as a child that Ice-T would someday play a cop on TV, I would have thought you were crazy. As a kid, my biggest technology concern was making it thro||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFive Ways to Boost Metacognition In the Classroom||If we want students to develop into critical thinking, lifelong learners, we need them to develop metacognitive skills. Metacognition is vital for helping students become self-directed learners (both self-managers and self-starters). It will help them||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeven Reasons to Pilot a Game-Based Learning Unit||Listen to the Podcast If you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to it on the go, just click on the audio below or subscribe via iTunes/Apple Podcasts (ideal for iOS users) or Google Play and Stitcher (ideal for Android users). Explo||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces||In a previous post, I explored this idea that every student deserves a makerspace. In this post, I look at some of the most common myths I see regarding makerspaces. Listen to the Podcast If you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to it on the g||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Can Video Games Teach Us About Instructional Design?||When I was a kid, I used to spend hours playing Tetris. I would zone out everything else and hit a state of hyperfocus. I was fully engaged. I could spend hours playing Tetris. Over the years, the trending games have changed. I may or may not have crea||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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|
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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