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.
Why I’m Not Too Worried About Learning Loss
All three of my kids have missed a significant number days because of the need to quarantine. The Omicron variant is sweeping through our neighborhoods and our local school district recently created a no-contact day this last Friday. Many caregivers and community members are concerned... The post Why I’m Not Too Worried About Learning Loss appeared first on John Spencer.
Using the SLIME Method for Setting New Year’s Resolutions
Back in college, I started making New Year’s Resolutions. I would turn these resolutions into goals. Typically, I would start something entirely new and often I would finish my goal halfway through the year. Unfortunately, I didn’t always develop the habits needed for long-term change.... The post Using the SLIME Method for Setting New Year’s Resolutions appeared first on John Spencer.
Miss B. Saves Christmas (A Story)
On Monday, I wrote a silly tweet: I then started to think about how that tradition would have started and immediately began typing out a story. Initially, I thought I would share it privately with the early elementary teachers in my cohort and then I... The post Miss B. Saves Christmas (A Story) appeared first on John Spencer.
Finding Renewal on Your Winter Break
I wrote this post fifteen years ago as a 400 word reminder to myself to choose renewal and rest rather than work during winter break. I realize that it goes beyond the personal level. Often, the systems and structures fail to support teachers’ ability to... The post Finding Renewal on Your Winter Break appeared first on John Spencer.
Antonio Sacre on the Power of Storytelling in Education
I had the honor of interviewing celebrated author Antonio Sacre on the power of storytelling in education. Check out the podcast below. Listen to the Podcast If you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to it on the go, just click on the... The post Antonio Sacre on the Power of Storytelling in Education appeared first on John Spencer.
Ending the Semester with a Student Blogging Project
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 feel in homes that are unsafe... The post Ending the Semester with a Student Blogging Project appeared first on John Spencer.
I am an elementary educator looking to inspire my students and ignite inquiry in their brains. This podcast is super helpful and is full of some many unique and fun ways to do that. Thank you for inspiring me to become a better educator.
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.