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The Creative Classroom with John Spencer

Summary: John Spencer is passionate about seeing schools embrace creativity and design thinking. In this podcast, he explores the intersection of creative thinking and student learning.

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 The Power of Visible Thinking in Virtual Learning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It’s easy for a virtual class session to slip into a talking head approach. You turn on the camera and students see your face. At times, you might toggle back and forth between a slideshow and your camera but it can easily slip into something... The post The Power of Visible Thinking in Virtual Learning appeared first on John Spencer.

 A Different Way to Set Goals for the New Year | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

With the new year coming up, there’s a good chance you’re coming up with some resolutions. Personally, I like the idea of coming up with a few really easy New Year’s Resolutions just to make it easier when I bomb in another area. I think... The post A Different Way to Set Goals for the New Year appeared first on John Spencer.

 Finding Renewal on Your Winter Break | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

I still remember my first winter break in my first year of teaching. I scratched out Christmas Eve and Christmas as true “days off,” but then I worked the rest of the time. I read two books on teaching. I took home a giant box... The post Finding Renewal on Your Winter Break appeared first on John Spencer.

 End the Semester on a Creative Note | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Let’s just put it out there. December is exhausting for teachers. The days are shorter. The weather grows colder and (at least here in Oregon) wetter. Students are anxious — whether it’s a buzzing excitement for vacation or a sense of dread that some kids... The post End the Semester on a Creative Note appeared first on John Spencer.

 You’ve Done Enough This Semester | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

At the start of this semester, I made a goal of meeting with each student one-on-one. I believe in the power of check-ins and I wanted to make sure my students felt known. I could tell you all about Anderson and Garrison’s research showing the... The post You’ve Done Enough This Semester appeared first on John Spencer.

 7 Ways to Build Creative Confidence in Students | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Sometimes I wish I could go back in time to visit my 9-year old self and say, “Dude, you got this. Right now, it’s hard but someday you’ll be using your voice to make art. Trust me, it gets better. Way better.” I was in... The post 7 Ways to Build Creative Confidence in Students appeared first on John Spencer.

 Getting Started with Student Portfolio Projects in Virtual and Hybrid Courses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When I was a senior in high school, our AP Government teacher chose not to give us a final exam for the end of the first semester. Instead, we would create our own portfolios. Our portfolios had to include what we had learned and what... The post Getting Started with Student Portfolio Projects in Virtual and Hybrid Courses appeared first on John Spencer.

 Building an Empowered Community in Distance Learning Courses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

During this pandemic, many students have described feeling lonely and isolated as they shifted into online environments. This disconnect is amplified when distance learning courses are designed with only individual work in mind. This occurs when students access an asynchronous class and watch videos, read... The post Building an Empowered Community in Distance Learning Courses appeared first on John Spencer.

 Building an Empowered Community in Distance Learning Courses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

During this pandemic, many students have described feeling lonely and isolated as they shifted into online environments. This disconnect is amplified when distance learning courses are designed with only individual work in mind. This occurs when students access an asynchronous class and watch videos, read... The post Building an Empowered Community in Distance Learning Courses appeared first on John Spencer.

 The Real Issue Isn’t Student Engagement | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The shift toward virtual and hybrid learning can be challenging; especially around student engagement. However, sometimes the real challenge isn’t one of student engagement so much as student empowerment. In this article, we explore how teachers can design distance learning with student self-direction at the... The post The Real Issue Isn’t Student Engagement appeared first on John Spencer.

 The Real Issue Isn’t Student Engagement | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The shift toward virtual and hybrid learning can be challenging; especially around student engagement. However, sometimes the real challenge isn’t one of student engagement so much as student empowerment. In this article, we explore how teachers can design distance learning with student self-direction at the... The post The Real Issue Isn’t Student Engagement appeared first on John Spencer.

 What can food trucks teach us about virtual and hybrid learning? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When we think of innovative companies, it’s easy to imagine an open-air tech startup with ping pong tables and free drinks and huge windows and chairs so modern you’re not sure how you’re supposed to sit in them or look at them. Sometimes I look... The post What can food trucks teach us about virtual and hybrid learning? appeared first on John Spencer.

 What can food trucks teach us about virtual and hybrid learning? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When we think of innovative companies, it’s easy to imagine an open-air tech startup with ping pong tables and free drinks and huge windows and chairs so modern you’re not sure how you’re supposed to sit in them or look at them. Sometimes I look... The post What can food trucks teach us about virtual and hybrid learning? appeared first on John Spencer.

 Using Scavenger Hunts to Get Students Moving in Virtual Learning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When we hear the terms “virtual learning” or “remote learning,” it’s easy to imagine students spending eight hours a day in front of a screen. However, as educators, we know that this approach isn’t developmentally appropriate. Children need to move around and interact with their... The post Using Scavenger Hunts to Get Students Moving in Virtual Learning appeared first on John Spencer.

 Using Scavenger Hunts to Get Students Moving in Virtual Learning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When we hear the terms “virtual learning” or “remote learning,” it’s easy to imagine students spending eight hours a day in front of a screen. However, as educators, we know that this approach isn’t developmentally appropriate. Children need to move around and interact with their... The post Using Scavenger Hunts to Get Students Moving in Virtual Learning appeared first on John Spencer.

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