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.
Direct Instruction Is Still Necessary in a PBL Classroom
Early on in my project-based learning journey, I made a vow to go 100% project-based. My students would learn everything through exploration and discovery. I would remain the guide on the side observing the process and helping out only when necessary. After leading students through... The post Direct Instruction Is Still Necessary in a PBL Classroom appeared first on John Spencer.
Dr. Kristen Mattson on Redefining Digital Ethics and Digital Citizenship
In this podcast interview Dr. Kristen Mattson shares a bold vision for how we define digital citizenship and digital ethics. She also provides practical strategies that teachers can use in the classroom and integrate into their curriculum. Listen to the Podcast If you enjoy this... The post Dr. Kristen Mattson on Redefining Digital Ethics and Digital Citizenship appeared first on John Spencer.
How to Use Strategic Confusion for Deeper Learning
For the last three weeks, I have been planning out this semester’s courses. I am teaching eight courses ranging from fully in-person to fully virtual but synchronous (using Zoom) to fully asynchronous and online with a combined hybrid approach mixed in. My goal is to... The post How to Use Strategic Confusion for Deeper Learning appeared first on John Spencer.
10 Creative Risks to Take With Your Students This Year
We aren’t sure what this year will look like. With the spike in Covid cases, it might involve more hybrid or virtual learning. Or it might be more of a “return to normal.” But regardless of the situation, we do know that teachers will continue... The post 10 Creative Risks to Take With Your Students This Year appeared first on John Spencer.
What Ted Lasso (And These Three Other TV Shows) Taught Me About Being an Educator
I never cry while watching a drama. I can feel all the feels of a serious motion picture but it will never move me to tears. This isn’t a hyper-macho “dudes don’t cry thing.” I’m a pretty sensitive guy. It’s just a reality of my... The post What Ted Lasso (And These Three Other TV Shows) Taught Me About Being an Educator appeared first on John Spencer.
Sometimes Student Choice Isn’t the Answer in Reading
In my previous articles, I’ve explored how we can empower students with voice and choice in reading. However, today’s article provides some nuance. While we need to empower readers to own their learning and we need to create extended periods of choice-based independent reading time,... The post Sometimes Student Choice Isn’t the Answer in Reading appeared first on John Spencer.
I LOVE these!!!
Wowsa!!!! Thanks so much for all your insight to PBL!!!! I listen to the same episode multiple times to listen, then write down and take notes, and share all the things with my friends and admin.
I enjoy hearing John's thoughts on developing creativity in students. I think this is a skill that students need to be successful and John is always sharing new ways to foster creative thinking. I enjoy the podcast and reading his posts.
Great ideas about how to engage students.
I love this podcast. John Spencer is sharing a lot of great ideas on how to engage students in class. Future educators definitely need to make sure that they need to find a way to make every class fun and interesting.