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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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Today we're diving into all the details (and the free curriculum set) to get you started with student-designed escape rooms. You'll find out when to use the project, why to use the project, and how to use the project. And oh yes, there's definitely a rubric inside the curriculum set, don't worry, you'll also be able to grade the project! Find the s…
 
In this episode, learn how Beth Duncan, a creative high school teacher from North Carolina, got her students podcasting. Discover the steps she went through to make the project successful and get ready to start podcasting with your own students.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
In this episode, featuring five creative guest experts, discover six powerful ideas to transform your ELA classroom into the inclusive, creative, inspiring place you want it to be. These tips are low cost or no cost, and easy to put into place.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
Want to try hexagonal thinking but aren't sure how to get students to make interesting connections? Use the strategies in this episode to encourage depth and creativity in your students' thinking. Sign up for my free PD, Camp Creative: Master Hexagonal Thinking in 5 Minutes a Day, right here: https://spark-creativity.ck.page/0058e67e81…
 
Ready to put your writing makerspace into action? In today's episode, get five easy ideas for incorporating it into your writing instruction in your creative ELA classes. Want to sign up for Camp Creative: Master Hexagonal Thinking in Five Minutes a Day? Click Here!By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
Heard whispers about the writing makerspace and wondering if it could help your writers? Find out how it works and how to easily get started in this episode. Find the full show notes and sign up for this summer's Camp Creative at www.nowsparkcreativity.com.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
Want to use Canva tools in your classroom? Good, because they're amazing! In this episode, learn about some of the best - like the handout creator, bookmark designer and flashcard maker - and how to use them. Once you start, expect to be using Canva on the daily! Show notes are at http://www.nowsparkcreativity.com. Join our Facebook Group, Creative…
 
In this interview with Dr. Catlin Tucker, blended learning specialist, learn about the station rotation model, effective playlist creation for independent learning, project-based-learning in the time of pandemic, and more.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
Ready to dive into genius hour with your students? Genius hour is an amazing way to develop their creativity AND ELA skillset. In this episode, learn how to rally student enthusiasm, structure projects, and come up with creative final products that make good use of ELA skills. Find the show notes at www.nowsparkcreativity.com…
 
Want to do lit circles with your older students without the usual prescribed roles? Find out how one teacher made them work beautifully in her classroom. I love how Krista integrated her lit circles with a full class non-fiction novel, the way she stoked enthusiasm for her book choices by reading the first chapter aloud from ALL OF THEM, her advice…
 
A literary food truck project is a great creative assessment for lit circles and choice reading. Find out how to take it digital in this interview with Amy Marquez and Alyssa Medrano, a creative librarian-English teacher team at Collegiate High School in Texas. Then sign up for the free food truck project curriculum from the show notes at www.nowsp…
 
Feel adrift when it comes to teaching writing? You’ll find great tips in today's episode to help, like spiraling your writing instruction to improve its effectiveness, using mystery activities to help students get excited about writing argument, and using stations with specific tasks for better peer editing. Get ready to dive into this big topic wi…
 
Wishing you could promote choice reading more effectively with students online? It IS possible to create a rich reading culture with your kids now. Check out these ten ideas for bringing choice books into the daily swing of things in your blended or remote classroom.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
Happy New Year! In this episode, discover six ideas for re-connecting with your students when you get back to school, no matter what your scenario. Find the show notes at: http://www.nowsparkcreativity.com Learn more about The Lighthouse at: https://sparkcreativity.kartra.com/page/Lighthouse2021By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
Teaching a poetry unit online? Need engaging poetry unit ideas for blended learning? Today we're talking about digital poetry tiles, digital book spine poetry, online blackout poetry, spoken word, and digital "I am from" poem galleries. You'll love these easy wins! Sign up for Camp Creative (which starts next week!) here: https://sparkcreativity.ka…
 
In this episode, get ideas for better breakout rooms, building community in the remote classroom, teaching writing online, and much more with my guest Christina, from The Daring English Teacher. You can find the show notes at www.nowsparkcreativity.com.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
In search of fun, creative gifts this holiday season? Discover sixteen ideas in this first annual Creative English Teacher's Gift Guide episode. From teacher tees and wine labels to the best places to shop for books while supporting independent bookstores, this gift guide has great options to make shopping for your colleagues and friends (and maybe…
 
Wanting to experiment with workshop in your online classroom? Let Amanda teach you how! Writing workshop translates easily and simply to the virtual classroom. Find out how to use recorded mini-lessons, easy check-in strategies, and lots of student choice to help students thrive in your online workshops.…
 
In this episode, learn how to make a digital magnetic poetry set around any theme in three easy steps. Try this creative poetry writing activity on Google Slides if your students need a little break or as part of a poetry unit. You can sign up for your free gratitude digital magnetic poetry kit at ww.nowsparkcreativity.com in the show notes.…
 
Build research into a fun virtual travel project with this short unit perfect for pandemic winter. Students will research a far-off destination they're interested in, curate and create the pieces of an online showcase to share the place with others, and then create QR-code based posters to put up around your school or community. Passers-by can scan…
 
Online discussions not flowing as they should? It's tough leading a virtual discussion, especially with mics muted and videos off. Try digital discussion warm-ups to help. Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/256927044749038/ Find the show notes: http://www.nowsparkcreativity.com/p/podcasts.html Connect on Instagram: https://www…
 
Podcasting is an ideal ELA project for students right now. If you're diving in, let me be your guest speaker! In this unusual episode, I'm answering student questions about what it's like to be a podcaster. My hope is that you will share this show with your students in the midst of an upcoming podcast unit.…
 
Hyperdocs are an easy answer to how to keep all students on track during blended learning. In this episode, learn how to create a hyperdoc for your unit in six easy steps. All you need is a Google Slide and a little creativity, and you're ready to rock and roll.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
Trying to give your distance learners some screen breaks? Here are some ideas to help ELA students do productive work away from the glow. In the rush to embrace all the (wonderful!) new technology, let's not forget that real books, pens, and paper can still be creative tools to help kids grow while protecting their eyes and brains from too much scr…
 
Take your Literary Food Truck Festival online with the easy steps and free curriculum in this post and podcast from Spark Creativity. Sign up for the free complete curriculum for this project in the show notes today.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
Want to get started with a First Chapter Friday program, but not sure how to do it with blended learning? Don't worry, this episode will show you how! Happy 100th episode! This is the first in a three-episode series called "Back-to-School Blended" coming out this week. Today it's virtual first chapter Friday, tomorrow it's virtual literature circle…
 
Podcasts are an easy, accessible, (FREE) and hands-free text option for students during blended learning. In this episode of The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, find out how to build a podcast unit, great podcast episode options for your ELA students, platforms to discuss podcasts together online, and more. We're talking with Ashley Bible from Bu…
 
Wondering how to flip your classroom so you can teach two separate groups of kids in person and online? In this episode, discover five flexible ELA unit ideas that require no texts, and how to teach them to your in-person and at-home groups at the same time.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
As you plan for blended learning and shifting scenarios this fall, a flexible approach will allow you to be prepared without being attached to any certain schedule. Let me show you how to do it! In this episode, we're looking at four creative principles for flexibly planning your blended learning and then taking a look at how to apply these ideas t…
 
Teacher planning is hard this year with all the uncertainties of fall. Will you be remote teaching? Orchestrating blended learning? Both? In this podcast interview with Angela Watson, teacher productivity and mindset expert, discover strategies for using summer to reset, regroup, and plan for fall despite the uncertainties.…
 
Trying to plan for remote teaching this fall in your high school ELA classes? In this podcast, we're diving into best practices for grading, discussion, building community, first units and more for distance learning this fall. Join me as we chat with guests Marie Morris and Amanda Cardenas. Find the show notes at www.nowsparkcreativity.com Join our…
 
If you’re interested in incorporating Project Lit titles, sketchnotes, the publication of student writing and effective classroom design into your work as an English teacher, you’re going to love this episode with Baltimore City Teacher of the Year, Laquisha Hall. Laquisha shares so many wonderful stories to inspire you. Wait till you hear how she …
 
Wondering whether fall will bring distance learning, blended learning, or a return to strangely distant classrooms? In this podcast episode, discover a plan for an opening unit that will work for any of those scenarios. Plus, it will help you build community in your class and allow you to get to know your students, even if you can't actually meet t…
 
Lab Atlanta is an innovative program connecting students with the resources and richness of Atlanta, and empowering them to make an impact through project-based learning. Find out more in this podcast episode with its founder, Laura Deisley, and start thinking about how you could incorporate aspects of its model into your own teaching. Find the sho…
 
After a flood ravaged his hometown of Cedar Rapids, IA, Trace Pickering helped lead a transformation in education through his innovative program, Iowa Big. Maybe our current crisis could give us an opportunity to reenvision school in America. Listen to this interview with Trace for inspiration.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
Grab a smoothie and let's talk about life under quarantine. In this episode, I'm sharing five tips and resources that have stuck with me from a lot of online conversations these last few weeks, and then sharing a picture of life at our house. I hope it's helpful to you.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
Is your school closing due to the coronavirus outbreak? Here are some creative ideas for you to stay connected to your students and keep them working on their ELA skills, regardless of their internet access at home.By Betsy Potash: English Teacher + Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer
 
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