This podcast is full of creative teaching strategies, classroom ideas, and inspiration for middle and high school English teachers. Betsy Potash from Spark Creativity presents new ideas for immediate classroom use, making it that much easier for busy teachers to stay creative in the midst of their busy lives. Show notes and more creative ideas are waiting for you at www.nowsparkcreativity.com.
068: Confronting Teacher Exhaustion, with Angela Watson
Ready for an end to the teacher tired? The teacher guilt? The teacher busy? In this episode, I'm chatting with Angela Watson about her work helping teachers become more productive and purposeful in their choices. We're talking about her new book, Fewer Things, Better, and her course, The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club.
Wish teaching vocabulary could be more creative and fulfilling? Try these ten strategies to make studying vocabulary more engaging and the words memorable. Find the show notes with all the links and images at www.nowsparkcreativity.com.
066: Diversifying our Booklists: More Voices, More Stories, More Understanding
We need diverse books in our ELA classrooms. In this podcast episode and blog post, discover title ideas for diversifying your booklists in American Lit, British Lit, World Lit, and Independent Reading. It matters so much for our students to see their own stories reflected on the page! Please visit the show notes at www.nowsparkcreativity.com to find out how to participate in a new project connecting readers in classrooms around the world called The Modern Voices Project.
Want to finish off the year with as much meaning and creativity as you've brought to your curriculum all year long? If you can, skip the multiple choice and short answer and try a creative final exam. In this episode, you'll discover five great options.
In this episode, discover how to structure a successful writing workshop, what a workshop mini lesson is, and how to trouble shoot common issues that come up. Learn with Amanda Werner, experienced workshop teacher and host of The Workshop Teacher podcast.
062: When Students Choose their Own Assessments, with David Rickert
In this episode of The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, we're focusing in on student-choice assessment. By the end of the episode you'll know how to get students started in creating their own assessments, how to structure your class unit, how to grade this epic project, and a few tips and tricks to make it all go smoothly.
Discover great podcasts to use in your ELA classroom, and get tips for how to use them successfully. Find out how to keep students focused as they listen and how to make it easy for them to access podcasts individually.
060: Students won't read? Don't care? One Year to Change That
Students won't read? Don't care? In this podcast episode, discover one year's worth of strategies to help you defeat apathy and make connections, paving the way for students to develop their love of language so they can be successful students. You can't read every book out loud to them forever. Use blogs, podcasts, Ted Talks, spoken word poetry, independent reading and more to create a curriculum that will truly make a difference in their lives.
Though you're constantly surrounded by people, teaching can be lonely. This episode is all about finding ways to build positive personal and professional relationships with other teachers at your school and in your area.
How to Match Student Readers with Books they'll Love
Your independent reading program will be most successful when you can help student readers find the books they'll truly love. Check out this episode for nine simple strategies to make it easy for you to match your students with the right books.
057: Creative Tech Tools for ELA Teachers, with Jennifer Gonzalez
Want tech that unlocks student creativity instead of replacing what's already working? Join me as I chat with Jennifer Gonzalez, from Cult of Pedagogy, about her favorite creative tech tools and tech-based class projects for English teachers.
056: The Dos and Don'ts of Donors Choose for Teachers
If you're spending too much of your salary to equip your (public school) classroom to meet your students' needs, find out how to leverage Donors Choose to get what you need. Follow these eight easy tips for Donors Choose success.
055: Hyperdocs, Authentic Audience, and Screencastify with Kristy Louden
In this episode, I'm talking to Kristy from Louden Clear in Education about using hyperdocs to teach writing more effectively, a speech project with a true authentic audience, and how to use Screencastify to save so much time.
054: Engaging Students in December: Winter Holiday Activities for ELA
Sick of trying to compete with holiday madness in December? Stop trying! Bring the holidays in and enjoy teaching all your usual ELA skills in a new context. My favorite option? Gingerbread house short stories! Listen in for the details.
If you're finding it a struggle to figure out how to plan your days, weeks, and units, this episode is here to help. Learn the simple three-step strategy I've always used to plan my ELA units and keep my teaching life organized.
If your students would rather eat a ghost chili than dive into poetry workshop, blackout poetry is your new best friend! In this episode, I'll teach you the simple steps you can use to guide them in creating stunning blackout poems.
051: Mock Trials, E-mail Etiquette, and PAPA Squares with The Daring English Teacher
Learn about how to get started with mock trials, a funny way to teach your students to write a good e-mail, how to wrap up a unit with a board game final project and much more in today's jam-packed episode with Christina from The Daring English Teacher. Find the show notes at www.nowsparkcreativity.com.
If you've ever felt like you just didn't have time to learn enough about something new you want to try in your classroom before rolling it out, this episode is for you. It's time to take action, even if it isn't perfect.
049: Take Flight with Google Classroom, with Matt Miller
Google Classroom sounds great, but how does it work? In this episode of The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, learn how to leverage this platform to create more creative, more organized lessons, and to make your feedback process faster and more effective.
048: Reading Program Accountability that doesn't Ruin Everything
Keeping students accountable to some expectations while helping them fall in love with reading is not easy! In this show, discover four creative ways to check in with your readers in a way that won't make you feel like the book police.
047: The Power of the Writing Makerspace, with Angela Stockman
Guiding students in using maker elements to build their arguments and ideas leads to greater complexity in their thinking and writing. Find out how to get started in this conversation with Angela Stockman, author of Hack the Writing Workshop.
045: Memes, Interactive Notebooks & YA with Tracee Orman
In this episode, I'm chatting with Tracee Orman about some of her favorite classroom strategies. Discover how to use memes to help your students connect to literature, when and why to use interactive notebooks, and the true power of YA fiction.
In this episode I'm chatting with Kristy Avis, the blogger behind 2 Peas and a Dog and co-host of the 2ndary ELA Facebook Group and Twitter Chat. She's sharing ideas to help new teachers make their first year more positive, effective, and fulfilling.
Coming up with a great theater project is hard work. In this episode, I'll walk you through a few easy steps to split any play into key scenes and then have students perform them, in order, on the final day of your unit. You're going to love it!
041: Teacher Mindset & Happiness with Angela Watson
If you're feeling overwhelmed in your teaching life, and you'd like help with how to adjust your mindset, routines and goals to feel happier in the profession, this interview with Angela Watson will help you find your way.
In this episode, I'll share a simple strategy that can help you prioritize what is most important to you and schedule your week so you don't always feel like you have a thousand different things you should be doing.
Discover ten great options for that hole in your ELA curriculum, whether it's large or small. This is the perfect episode for you if you are writing a new course, restructuring a course, or looking to add a unit into a course you've already got.
Discover five simple strategies for ending the year with less stress and more creativity. In this episode, I'll share some small tweaks you can make so you head for summer feeling less exhausted and more fulfilled.
In this episode, Danielle from Nouvelle ELA, theater guru, shares her structure for a successful class play. Don't be intimidated! This awesomely engaging activity is more doable than you might think, and OH so much fun.
Join me as I talk to special guest Melissa Kruse of The Reading and Writing Haven about how to use book clubs to encourage choice reading with your students. Get the information you need to get started with a successful book club program right away.
In this episode, discover how you can bring STEM into your ELA class through creative novel projects, nonfiction articles that will peak student interest, starting an ELA makerspace, and helping students launch social media campaigns for change.
In this episode, I'll give you the rundown on and the roadmap for an ELA genius hour. Find out how it fits the standards, how to structure it, how to grade it, and where you can find an amazing free resource set to get you started.
Learn how to use murder mysteries, Ted Talks, and SNL clips in this episode with special guest Amanda from the "Engaging and Effective" blog. You'll love her fresh take on engaging students and helping them to buy in to your curriculum.
One-pagers combine visuals with text to make ideas come alive in students’ minds and memories. This episode is all about how to make this powerful activity successful, whether or not the majority of your students love art.
If you've ever considered teaching abroad, listen to this episode. I'm sharing my biggest takeaways from two years teaching overseas so you know how to get a job, what challenges you'll face, and what strategies will help you succeed.
027: Turn your Class into a Discussion Panel with Audience Tweeters
In this episode, Jenna Copper from Doc Cop Teaching and I dive into one of her most successful and engaging classroom strategies, a discussion format in which students rotate between the roles of discussion panelists and audience tweeters.
In this episode, I'll share five fabulous ways to empower your student writers through blogging. Getting the hang of blogger takes about ten minutes, and it is so worth your time! Find out what doors will open to you and your students once you do.
In this episode, I'll share my top strategy for success with any discussion. Helping students to prepare with a fun, easy warm-up activity eliminates the awkward silence and empowers students to contribute easily. Get ready for engagement.
In this episode I'll share strategies for taking a break from your classroom space and getting out into other school spaces. Spend a day trying one of these mini-field trips and see if you and your students don't both feel better.
In this episode, I'll share the system that allows me to skip repetitive comment writing by using a list of common errors with my students. You can find the show notes and a free download of my own list of common errors at www.nowsparkcreativity.com.
In this episode, I'll introduce you to the concept of escape rooms, an engaging teaching strategy rapidly growing in momentum across the country. Emily Aierstok, my first ever podcast guest, will share her experiences teaching with escape rooms in her New York classroom. The show notes this week are EXTENSIVE and include a fun giveaway, so be sure to head to www.nowsparkcreativity.com to find them.
In this episode I'll be sharing two ways you can try out ELA maker spaces in your classroom this year. They are creative, doable and inexpensive, and I think you're going to love them! Head to www.nowsparkcreativity.com to check out the show notes.
A beautiful and inspiring work space isn't just for primary students. In this episode, I'll share ideas for age-appropriate creative decor for your high school classroom. Be sure to check out the show notes at www.nowsparkcreativity.com.
In this episode, I explain how to use the Harkness method of discussions to help students understand how to share a rich discussion and navigate group dynamics more effectively for the rest of their lives.
In this episode, I share four tips for engaging in a successful collaboration and give you five ideas for a shared project. You can look for a collaboration partner inside our free Facebook group, linked in the show notes at nowsparkcreativity.com.