The Creative Classroom with John Spencer show

The Creative Classroom with John Spencer

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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 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.

 The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In the last post, I explored this idea that every student deserves a makerspace. In this post, I look at some of the most common myths I see regarding makerspaces. 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 The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces appeared first on John Spencer.

 Why Every Classroom Should Be a Makerspace | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

This is the first post in a week-long series on makerspaces.  I once taught an eighth-grade student who had written four novels online, despite the fact that she had only been learning English for three years. She spent her free time in class looking up how to set up lead magnets and create funnels for […] The post Why Every Classroom Should Be a Makerspace appeared first on John Spencer.

 7 Things That Happen When Students Own Their Learning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The best way to prepare students for the future is by empowering them in the moment.   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 […] The post 7 Things That Happen When Students Own Their Learning appeared first on John Spencer.

 The Five Biggest Fears that Kept Me from Empowering Students | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

We want to empower students. However, this can be scary for teachers. Here are some of the fears I felt as a teacher as I made this shift toward student ownership. 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 post The Five Biggest Fears that Kept Me from Empowering Students appeared first on John Spencer.

 Fidget Spinners Aren’t the Issue (The Real Issue Is Student Ownership) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The debate about fidget spinners often misses the bigger issue of student ownership. When we focus on student distractions and student engagement, we miss out on student empowerment and student ownership.  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 post Fidget Spinners Aren’t the Issue (The Real Issue Is Student Ownership) appeared first on John Spencer.

 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.

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