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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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 Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of this post to download the Ten Creative Ways to End the Semester Resource Pack.  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 […] The post Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break appeared first on John Spencer.

 Five Ways to Boost Student Engagement with Flow Theory | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

If we want students to develop a maker mindset, we need to empower them to hit a state of creative flow. Flow Theory explains what happens when we hit that place of “optimal experience,” where you are fully engaged, present, and focused. The following blog post explores what it means to help students reach a […] The post Five Ways to Boost Student Engagement with Flow Theory appeared first on John Spencer.

 Getting Started with Content Curation in the Classroom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Content curation is a vital part of the creative process. In this blog post and podcast, we explore why curation matters and how we can help students learn how to engage in the curation process. Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen […] The post Getting Started with Content Curation in the Classroom appeared first on John Spencer.

 How to Help Students Ask Better Questions by Creating a Culture of Inquiry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Student inquiry is at the heart of student choice. When students are able to ask their own questions, they can chase their curiosity and tap into their own interests. They can build on their prior knowledge and build a bridge to new information that they are analyzing. But how do we actually do this? Listen […] The post How to Help Students Ask Better Questions by Creating a Culture of Inquiry appeared first on John Spencer.

 What a Trip to China Taught Me About Global Collaboration Projects | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

This is my final post in the series on creative collaboration and so I’d like to explore the idea of global collaboration. Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on the go by subscribing on iTunes (ideal for iPhone users) or Google Play and Stitcher (ideal […] The post What a Trip to China Taught Me About Global Collaboration Projects appeared first on John Spencer.

 Designing Group Projects So That Everyone Participates | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Collaborative projects can easily fall apart in the classroom. You start with a great idea but next thing you know, you have half of your students checked out. So, how do we fix this?   Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen […] The post Designing Group Projects So That Everyone Participates appeared first on John Spencer.

 Ten Things Pixar Can Teach Us About Creativity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

For the last two decades, Pixar has produced some of the most creative and epic films of this era. But this is the result of a culture of creative collaboration built on ideas of being frank, taking chances, and failing forward. So, what can educators learn from Pixar as we design collaborative projects? Listen to […] The post Ten Things Pixar Can Teach Us About Creativity appeared first on John Spencer.

 Helping Introverts Thrive in Collaborative Projects | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

We know collaboration is important but it’s easy for introverts to get lost in the shuffle. So, how do we honor introverts’ identity and build on their hidden strengths and we engage in collaborative projects?  Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen […] The post Helping Introverts Thrive in Collaborative Projects appeared first on John Spencer.

 We Need to Trust Teachers to Innovate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

If we want to see innovation happening in our schools, we need to trust, encourage, and empower teachers to transform their practice. Too often, teachers are forced to teach inside the box and it can feel frustrating. In this post, I explore why teachers are the innovators, what’s getting in the way, and what we […] The post We Need to Trust Teachers to Innovate appeared first on John Spencer.

 The Roadmap for Collaborative Projects | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on the go by subscribing on iTunes (ideal for iPhone users) or Google Play and Stitcher (ideal for Android users)   Five Really Good Reasons Not to Do Collaborative Projects With Your Students “Group project.” Say those two words […] The post The Roadmap for Collaborative Projects appeared first on John Spencer.

 Collaborative Projects Can Work in Any Subject | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

If we say we want students to become critical thinking life-long learners, we need to provide projects that encourage them to engage in creative collaboration. But what does this look like in each subject area? How do turn this idea into a reality? We’ll be exploring that idea in my second blog post in a […] The post Collaborative Projects Can Work in Any Subject appeared first on John Spencer.

 Taking Collaboration to the Next Level | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It’s easy to think of creativity as a solitary endeavor. But some of the best creative work is collaborative. The following is an exploration of the seven keys to successful creative collaboration.   Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it […] The post Taking Collaboration to the Next Level appeared first on John Spencer.

 8 Ways UX Design Theory Transformed My Approach to Course Design | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

UX Design Theory can teach us a lot about how to build community, communicate clearly, and set up effective systems as we design our courses. The following is an exploration 8 ways UX Design Theory can change the way we teach.  Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative […] The post 8 Ways UX Design Theory Transformed My Approach to Course Design appeared first on John Spencer.

 6 Projects that Promote Student Ownership in the First Month of School | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Don’t Wait to Innovate! Teachers often begin the school year with team-building activities or a review of the rules and procedures. But what if we began with student-centered projects? The following is an exploration of six student-centered projects you can launch in your first month of school. Note that this post was inspired by a […] The post 6 Projects that Promote Student Ownership in the First Month of School appeared first on John Spencer.

 Turning Problems into Solutions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When teachers view themselves as systems architects, they are able to view potential problems as design challenges.    Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on the go by subscribing on iTunes (ideal for iPhone users) or Google Play and Stitcher (ideal for Android users)   […] The post Turning Problems into Solutions appeared first on John Spencer.

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