Trailer: The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast
The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast
by Betsy Potash | ELA
2d ago
Join me each week for innovative teaching strategies you can use immediately in your ELA classroom, from choice reading help to book clubs, project-based-learning to AI, student podcasting to genius hour, we cover the good stuff. Whether you're trying to figure out how to engage your eighth graders, trying to help your 11th graders through the college essay, or trying to shepherd you twelfth graders through to the end, you'll find help here! Follow along on Instagram @nowsparkcreativity or visit my website at nowsparkcreativity.com  ..read more
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⏰​ Camp Creative: Three Podcast Project Options for your Students (Limited Time Series)
The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast
by Betsy Potash | ELA
1w ago
It's day four of Camp Creative - time to explore three types of student podcasting projects you might want to use next year! The book talk podcast, the life skills podcast, and the full PBL podcasting unit.  Remember, Camp Creative is my favorite event of the year, and I wanted to make sure that no matter how busy you are, you can just pop in some earbuds and follow along.  But you DO need to be signed up for camp to snag all the free resources (like all three of these podcasting projects), and it's not too late. You can sign up here:  https://sparkcreativity.kartra.co ..read more
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⏰​ Camp Creative: Creating Tiny Podcasts (Limited Time Series)
The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast
by Betsy Potash | ELA
1w ago
It's day three of Camp Creative, and today we're diving into how to create tiny podcasts with students. We'll also chat about NCTE's position statement on media education, a handy resource for helping expain why this type of project is important if folks at your school ask.  Remember, Camp Creative is my favorite event of the year, and I wanted to make sure that no matter how busy you are, you can just pop in some earbuds and follow along.  But you DO need to be signed up for camp to snag all the free resources, and it's not too late. You can sign up here:  https://spa ..read more
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⏰​ Camp Creative: Easy Tech for Student Podcasting (Limited Time Series)
The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast
by Betsy Potash | ELA
1w ago
It's day two of Camp Creative, and we're exploring the easiest tech options for student podcasting! In today's show, I'll walk you through the best free recording tool I've found (no mic required), the best design tool for podcast covers (free for education purposes!) and the easiest way to put the audio and visuals together in class. Remember, Camp Creative is my favorite event of the year, and I wanted to make sure that no matter how busy you are, you can just pop in some earbuds and follow along.  But you DO need to be signed up for camp to snag all the free resources, and it ..read more
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⏰​ Camp Creative: Podcasts as Texts (Limited Time Series)
The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | Education
by Betsy Potash | ELA
2w ago
It's day two of Camp Creative, and we're diving into Podcasts as Texts! In today's show, I'll walk you through some of my favorite shows for class, listening activities to help kids focus, and the free resources waiting in today's camp materials (including the podcast clubs curriculum!) Remember, Camp Creative is my favorite event of the year, and I wanted to make sure that no matter how busy you are, you can just pop in some earbuds and follow along.  But you DO need to be signed up for camp to snag all the free resources, and it's not too late. You can sign up here:  https://s ..read more
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⏰​ Camp Creative Starts Tomorrow! (Limited Time Series)
The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | Education
by Betsy Potash | ELA
2w ago
Welcome to this special first ever limited-time series of The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast.  It’s Camp Creative this week, my favorite event of the year, and I wanted to make sure that no matter how busy you are, you can just pop in some earbuds and follow along. Starting tomorrow, we’re diving into podcasts in the classroom - the best shows for your students, what to have them do while they listen, and how to get your students creating their very own podcast episodes.  Each day this week I’ll be guiding you through the daily material here on the podcast and reminding you of the ..read more
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304: The Day my Students Questioned our Bleak Book Choices
The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast
by Betsy Potash | ELA
2w ago
On this week’s mini-episode, I’m remembering the moment my 11th graders asked me to please, please, please add a book to our curriculum that wasn’t so depressing. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience? Let’s talk about what to do when the curriculum is full of death and despair. We were moving towards spring the year my juniors asked me why all of our books were so glum. My first instinct was to say they weren’t! Then I thought about it for a second. Adultery. Check. Death. Check. Despair. Check. We were reading The Scarlet Letter, As I Lay Dying, Death of a Salesman, and lots of other books t ..read more
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303: The End-of-Year Checklist for a Better August
The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | Education
by Betsy Potash | ELA
2w ago
Last night I dreamed I was teaching in a new classroom, except it had layers of stuff on the walls from three other teachers across twenty years of teaching. I couldn't find anything, and I couldn't change the set-up because I didn't know what was important to my colleagues. It was awful. Am I the only one to ever have a classroom set-up nightmare? Maybe. But the thing is, where you teach and how it feels really does help shape your year. So what can you do right now, during this final push to summer, to leave yourself a beautiful, organized space to return to at back-to-school season? Today's ..read more
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302: Is this your Canva Summer?!
The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | Education
by Betsy Potash | ELA
3w ago
On this week’s mini-episode, let’s talk about my favorite online teacher tool, Canva. If you haven’t signed up for their free educator program yet, this summer is the perfect time! You can explore all the design tools this wonderful website has to offer, and be ready in the fall to start using it in class. Plus, I’ve got a free mini course ready to help you do it. Today, let’s do a quick rundown on why I think you should.    Did you know Canva began as a program to help make yearbook advisers’ lives easier? Yep, I learned all about it listening to the founder on NPR’s podcast, How I ..read more
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301: The Easiest Last Day in ELA
The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | Education
by Betsy Potash | ELA
3w ago
You want the last day of ELA to be special, but what does that mean exactly? And who has the energy to think up this special plan when you're juggling allll the end-of-year things? If you'd like a fast, easy solution to the last day of your ELA classes, today I'm proposing (ha ha, I just accidentally typed PROMposing) stations. Stations are an easy way to get whatever dots have to be dotted and Ts have to be crossed at the same time as you build in a few fun things and keep everything lively so the time flies. The goodbye speech can only last so long.  Links Mentioned: Sign up for Camp Cr ..read more
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