The Creative Classroom show

The Creative Classroom

Summary: I believe all children are naturally creative. I want to see teachers can transform classrooms into spaces of imagination and wonder. So, here's where I explore what it means to make this a reality. So, here's a space where I share my journey.

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  • Artist: John Spencer
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 School Should Be Impractical (The Practical Benefits of Being Impractical) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Schools are designed to be practical but this has a hidden drawback. Innovation is often impractical because it’s unpredictable. So, what if the push toward “practical skills” in school is actually making learning impractical? And what if impractical ideas and skills we ignore are actually what students will use later in life? Listen to the […] The post School Should Be Impractical (The Practical Benefits of Being Impractical) appeared first on John Spencer.

 5 Ways Creative Work Is Like Working Out | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Creative work is inherently fun. However, sometimes it’s also frustrating, slow, and difficult. In other words, it’s a lot like working out. We explore this connection in the following blog podcast, video, and blog post.  Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also […] The post 5 Ways Creative Work Is Like Working Out appeared first on John Spencer.

 Who Owns the Learning in Your Classroom? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It took me years to transform my instruction toward a more student-centered approach. This is my story where I share my journey toward student ownership through student choice.    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 […] The post Who Owns the Learning in Your Classroom? appeared first on John Spencer.

 Was Yoda a Good Teacher? (Happy Star Wars Day) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Happy Star Wars Day! Here’s a reflection about Yoda, teaching, and the deeply human element of being a teacher. 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 […] The post Was Yoda a Good Teacher? (Happy Star Wars Day) appeared first on John Spencer.

 4 Surprising Truths About the Creative Journey (Why It’s Almost Nothing Like La La Land) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Hollywood often portrays the creative process as a solitary journey toward a fixed dream. But artists, engineers, and innovators, often find that the creative journey is fluid, collaborative, and evolving. 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 […] The post 4 Surprising Truths About the Creative Journey (Why It’s Almost Nothing Like La La Land) appeared first on John Spencer.

 Be Wildly and Unabashedly Different (My Hope for My Cohort as They Graduate) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

My cohort graduates today. I feel so honored to be a part of their journey. So, here is my hope for them.   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 […] The post Be Wildly and Unabashedly Different (My Hope for My Cohort as They Graduate) appeared first on John Spencer.

 Five Ways Humor Boosts Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving in the Classroom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When we think about creativity and innovation, the words “humor” and “goofiness” don’t typically come to mind. But I’d argue that this is a critical piece of what it means to cultivate a climate of creativity.  Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can […] The post Five Ways Humor Boosts Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving in the Classroom appeared first on John Spencer.

 Find the Hidden Opportunity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It seems counterintuitive but gratitude can actually help us find the hidden opportunities that lead to creativity and innovation in the classroom.   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 […] The post Find the Hidden Opportunity appeared first on John Spencer.

 Why Journalism Might Actually Be the Class of the Future | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When we imagine the future of learning, we often hear about STEM and STEAM and things like robotics or coding. But I’d argue that one of the most relevant subjects for developing a maker mindset is actually journalism. Here’s why.  Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative […] The post Why Journalism Might Actually Be the Class of the Future appeared first on John Spencer.

 Getting Past the Attention-Span Myth (Thoughts on Creative Focus) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

There’s a common cultural assumption that “kids these days” can’t focus due to screen time. They simply lack the attention span needed to engage in deep work. But what if that’s not entirely true? What if this generation is capable of reaching a state of creative flow?    Listen to the Podcast Just click on […] The post Getting Past the Attention-Span Myth (Thoughts on Creative Focus) appeared first on John Spencer.

 Seven Ways to Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

About six weeks ago, my son asked if he could start a cubing club for anyone interested in solving Rubix cubes together. (Heads-up: cubers can get really sensitive about calling it a Rubix cube because that’s almost never the brand they use.) He planned it all out. They would meet on Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. […] The post Seven Ways to Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset appeared first on John Spencer.

 Helping Students Develop Creative Fluency | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

About a week ago, I created a video about how to thrive as an introverted teacher. I sat down in front of the camera, shared some spontaneous thoughts, and then edited it the next day. From start to finish, it took around 45 minutes to make. While that might not seem fast, it was a huge […]

 Six Strategies for Thriving as an Introverted Teacher | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

I’m a hard introvert to spot. I can be loud and social and nobody sees how tired I feel as a result. I’m not shy. I’m often quick to engage in deep conversations. And yet, I am introvert to my core. Every minute I’m at a party I’m having to work hard to pull it […]

 The Right Side of the List | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When I turned 30, I jotted down a set of goals listing things I wanted to do by the time I turned forty. On the left side, I made a list of personal accomplishments. If life was a vapor, these were the things I wanted to do when I still had the chance. They were […]

 The 5 Biggest Mistakes I Made with Genius Hour (and How I Fixed Them) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

This post is inspired by Ross Cooper’s latest post on the mistakes he made in doing PBL. It’s a great post. In fact, you should stop reading this now and read his post instead. Go check out his book while you’re at it.  I love the notion of sharing our mistakes along with what we […]

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