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 Things Pixar Can Teach Us About Creativity||For the last two decades, Pixar has produced some of the most creative and epic films of this era. But this is the result of a culture of creative collaboration built on ideas of being frank, taking chances, and failing forward. So, what can educators le||10/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHelping Introverts Thrive in Collaborative Projects||We know collaboration is important but it’s easy for introverts to get lost in the shuffle. So, how do we honor introverts’ identity and build on their hidden strengths and we engage in collaborative projects? Listen to the Podcast Just clic||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe Need to Trust Teachers to Innovate||If we want to see innovation happening in our schools, we need to trust, encourage, and empower teachers to transform their practice. Too often, teachers are forced to teach inside the box and it can feel frustrating. In this post, I explore why teachers||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Roadmap for Collaborative Projects||Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on the go by subscribing on iTunes (ideal for iPhone users) or Google Play and Stitcher (ideal for Android users) Five R||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCollaborative Projects Can Work in Any Subject||If we say we want students to become critical thinking life-long learners, we need to provide projects that encourage them to engage in creative collaboration. But what does this look like in each subject area? How do turn this idea into a reality? We||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaking Collaboration to the Next Level||It’s easy to think of creativity as a solitary endeavor. But some of the best creative work is collaborative. The following is an exploration of the seven keys to successful creative collaboration. Listen to the Podcast Just click on the aud||9/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8 Ways UX Design Theory Transformed My Approach to Course Design||UX Design Theory can teach us a lot about how to build community, communicate clearly, and set up effective systems as we design our courses. The following is an exploration 8 ways UX Design Theory can change the way we teach. Listen to the Podcast Jus||9/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6 Projects that Promote Student Ownership in the First Month of School||Don’t Wait to Innovate! Teachers often begin the school year with team-building activities or a review of the rules and procedures. But what if we began with student-centered projects? The following is an exploration of six student-centered project||8/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTurning Problems into Solutions||When teachers view themselves as systems architects, they are able to view potential problems as design challenges. Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on the g||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces||In the last 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 Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom||7/12/2017||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.