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The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | Education

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 teachers to stay creative in the midst of their busy lives. Show notes and further inspiration await at nowsparkcreativity.com.

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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.


15 Jan 2019

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044: 25 Creative Assessments for Any Novel

Looking for more creative assessment options at the end of your novel units? Discover twenty-five new ideas in this episode, plus the secret sauce to keep them meaningful in terms of analysis.


9 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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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.


19 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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033: Get Started with Genius Hour Now

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.


15 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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041: Teacher Mindset & Happiness with Angela Watson

If you're feeling overwhelmed in your teaching life, and you'd like guidance 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.


26 Jun 2018

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040: Dream Classroom Elements

Planning the layout and components of your ELA classroom? Get ideas for what to put inside to make it a great space to work and learn, for you and your students.


14 Jun 2018

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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.


6 Sep 2018

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034: 4 Ways to Integrate STEM into ELA

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.


29 Mar 2018

Rank #8

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069: 40 Ways to Reduce your Grading Time

Grading doesn't have to be the thing that haunts you as a teacher. There are a ton of strategies out there to help you reduce your grading time and maximize its effectiveness, once you decide to take a stand for yourself. Choosing to use some of them will free up your time to enjoy creating the unique lesson plans you and your students love and to have more balance between home and school. In this episode, discover forty great options and choose the ones that are right for you. 


2 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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039: Using "The Ideal Week" to Cut Overwhelm

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.


31 May 2018

Rank #10

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067: Look Forward to Teaching Vocabulary

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. 


4 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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038: 10 Ways to Fill a Hole in your Curriculum

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.


17 May 2018

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077: Integrating the Arts & ELA

Want to get students out of their seats and on their feet? Arts integration is a powerful tool for engaging students creatively with print texts. In this episode, learn from Eileen Landay, co-founder of The Arts Literacy Project and professor emeritus at Brown, about how to use the powerful tools of the performance cycle to enrich your English units. 


30 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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080: Let's Teach Students how to Collaborate

Group Work in ELA: It's not easy to get students to navigate collaborative work well. There's usually someone who does all the work, someone who stays silent, someone who feels bitter about everything. It's hard work. It's extra hard because students are rarely taught HOW to collaborate. In this episode, discover five ways you can take the guesswork out of group work, and head to the show notes to find a free download that will make it sooooo much easier.


25 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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079: Goodbye Data Hawks, Hello Innovation, with Ted Dintersmith

If you're interested in saying goodbye to testing and embracing progressive education, you'll want to learn more about Ted Dintersmith's trip across all fifty states in search of creativity and innovation, and about his new project, "The Innovation Playlist."


12 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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064: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Workshop

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.


24 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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070: Help for Student Apathy, with Dave Stuart Jr. (repost)

Want to help your apathetic students become more motivated? In this podcast episode, learn the five key beliefs that help students with their motivation, and discover two specific ways to help banish apathy and inspire your students to be more motivated.


17 Jul 2019

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081: Empowering Students with Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is messy and sometimes, intimidating. But it's also AWESOME. In this episode of The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, find out how two teachers are empowering their students by learning to understand their gifts, building real relationships with them, and jumping into creative community projects that make a difference.


10 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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078: First Chapter Fridays (lightning episode)

Want to get students excited about your reading library? Try First Chapter Fridays. This quick episode gives you all the details you need to get started. 


5 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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063: Using Stations Creatively in ELA

Want to try out stations in your ELA classroom? Find out how to set them up for success and get inspiration for crafting your own as we walk through eight examples.


10 Apr 2019

Rank #20