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.
Treat Each Genius Hour Project as an Experiment
Last year, I began creating stickers, sweatshirts, and t-shirts with my own sketches on them. I figured it would be fun to give some t-shirts and stickers away when I do keynotes or workshops. But honestly, it wasn’t really about professional development. It was about... The post Treat Each Genius Hour Project as an Experiment appeared first on John Spencer.
The Power of Visible Thinking in Virtual Learning
It’s easy for a virtual class session to slip into a talking head approach. You turn on the camera and students see your face. At times, you might toggle back and forth between a slideshow and your camera but it can easily slip into something... The post The Power of Visible Thinking in Virtual Learning appeared first on John Spencer.
A Different Way to Set Goals for the New Year
With the new year coming up, there’s a good chance you’re coming up with some resolutions. Personally, I like the idea of coming up with a few really easy New Year’s Resolutions just to make it easier when I bomb in another area. I think... The post A Different Way to Set Goals for the New Year appeared first on John Spencer.
Finding Renewal on Your Winter Break
I still remember my first winter break in my first year of teaching. I scratched out Christmas Eve and Christmas as true “days off,” but then I worked the rest of the time. I read two books on teaching. I took home a giant box... The post Finding Renewal on Your Winter Break appeared first on John Spencer.
End the Semester on a Creative Note
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 buzzing excitement for vacation or a sense of dread that some kids... The post End the Semester on a Creative Note appeared first on John Spencer.
You’ve Done Enough This Semester
At the start of this semester, I made a goal of meeting with each student one-on-one. I believe in the power of check-ins and I wanted to make sure my students felt known. I could tell you all about Anderson and Garrison’s research showing the... The post You’ve Done Enough This Semester appeared first on John Spencer.