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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.

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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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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Episodes

076: Host a "This I Believe" Radio Show

10/15/2019
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This I Believe began as a radio essay series and became nationally beloved. In this episode, find out how to easily do a "This I Believe" personal writing unit in class, culminating in a live performance event that builds community and gives your students authentic purpose.

Duration:00:13:01

075: 10 Review Activities for Any Unit

9/24/2019
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Review can easily get boring. Why not review with the same kind of dynamic, creative activities that make up your daily lessons? In this episode, get ten ideas for engaging ways to revisit material without lecturing.

Duration:00:12:52

074: Design Thinking Infographics Projects

9/12/2019
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Infographics make an ideal project for your high school ELA classroom. Students combine personal interest and authentic audience in this research-based design thinking project, honing their writing, editing, and artistic skills all at once in a highly real-world relevant way. In this episode, learn how to introduce and complete a design thinking infographics project of your own.

Duration:00:12:01

073: The Discussions you've been Dreaming of - Harkness FAQs

8/29/2019
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Heard of Harkness discussions but don't know how to get started? Wondering how they're different from Socratic seminars? Get answers to all the commonly asked questions in this comprehensive guide to using Harkness successfully in your classroom. Harkness is certainly in my top three favorite classroom tools, so I hope this episode will inspire you to give it a try!

Duration:00:36:36

072: Connecting your English Classroom to the World

8/14/2019
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When the lines between classwork and real world work get blurred, it often leads to engagement and deeper learning for our students. This episode is all about finding ways to connect our classrooms to the world beyond them. Listen in for project ideas and tweaks on argument and research papers that can help teach the same vital ELA skills with a real-world relevant lens.

Duration:00:21:49

071: How to talk about Equity and Inclusion, with Liz Kleinrock

7/30/2019
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Learn from Liz Kleinrock, Teaching Tolerance teacher of the year, about how she approaches big conversations about difficult topics with her students. If you wish you had more information about how to safely address issues of race, gender, social justice, and equity in your classroom, this episode can help.

Duration:00:22:03

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

7/17/2019
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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.

Duration:00:50:02

069: 40 Ways to Reduce your Grading Time

7/2/2019
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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.

Duration:00:34:38

068: Confronting Teacher Exhaustion, with Angela Watson

6/19/2019
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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.

Duration:00:23:39

067: Look Forward to Teaching Vocabulary

6/4/2019
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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.

Duration:00:21:25

066: Diversifying our Booklists: More Voices, More Stories, More Understanding

5/21/2019
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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.

Duration:00:18:13

065: Meaningful and Creative Final Exams

5/8/2019
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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.

Duration:00:14:06

064: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Workshop

4/24/2019
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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.

Duration:00:30:33

063: Using Stations Creatively in ELA

4/9/2019
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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.

Duration:00:24:28

062: When Students Choose their Own Assessments, with David Rickert

3/27/2019
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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.

Duration:00:28:09

061: Using Podcasts Successfully in ELA

3/11/2019
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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.

Duration:00:23:01

060: Students won't read? Don't care? One Year to Change That

2/27/2019
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Discover one year's worth of strategies to help you defeat apathy and make connections with your students, paving the way for them 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.

Duration:00:20:17

059: Maybe Teaching doesn't have to be so Lonely

2/16/2019
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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.

Duration:00:24:26

How to Match Student Readers with Books they'll Love

1/29/2019
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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.

Duration:00:21:07

057: Creative Tech Tools for ELA Teachers, with Jennifer Gonzalez

1/15/2019
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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.

Duration:00:32:32