Welcome to Spark, a Jeffco Schools podcast for sharing inspirational stories about teaching. In this podcast, your hosts Cathy Goodheart and Tricia Johnson invite educators to share humorous, innovative and transformational stories about teaching to create connections and uplift the profession of teaching through the use of storytelling.
Maggie embraces a Bias Toward Action and shares her journey of learning about design thinking, and how she uses it to help teachers solve wicked problems. Empathy is central to how Maggie approaches her work in supporting learners. Join her for some insights and be inspired to use design thinking in your work.
Projects to Problems
Stephanie shares how she applied her own professional learning from MindSprak Learning Center to shift the instructional practices in her 1st grade classroom. A powerful story about moving from more traditional practices and project based learning to problem based learning. Stephanie demonstrates how the power asking for help can engage our youngest students, parents and community members at large.
Jayson shares how a line in a song by John Lennon has pushed him throughout his teaching practice over the years. These stories spotlight just how clever our students can be if we just get out of there way.
Alisha build lasting relationships through crew. Join us to hear about the experiences she shares with her students, and how they have bonded.
Jesse embraces risks with his 8th grade class. In this episode he tells the story of a lofty STEM experiment that takes some unexpected turns.
Jim shares how he took elements of Socratic Seminars to build better conversations in his mixed age primary classroom. Join us as he shares how one student took this a step further to change the way students in the classroom approached their own thinking.