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This podcast is full of creative teaching strategies, classroom ideas, and inspiration for middle and high school English teachers. Betsy Potash from Spark Creativity presents new ideas for immediate classroom use, making it that much easier for teachers to stay creative in the midst of their busy lives. Show notes and further inspiration await at nowsparkcreativity.com.

The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | Education Betsy Potash: Education Blogger + Curriculum Designer

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    • 4.9 • 156 Ratings

This podcast is full of creative teaching strategies, classroom ideas, and inspiration for middle and high school English teachers. Betsy Potash from Spark Creativity presents new ideas for immediate classroom use, making it that much easier for teachers to stay creative in the midst of their busy lives. Show notes and further inspiration await at nowsparkcreativity.com.

    5 Class Podcast Projects for ELA

    5 Class Podcast Projects for ELA

    Want to get started with class podcast projects? Good for you! Get inspired with this creative list of options for your high school English students. 
    Don't forget to sign up for Camp Creative: The Student Podcasting Roadmap coming June 13-15. Visit the show notes at nowsparkcreativity.com. 

    • 19 min
    151: Here's the Teacher Tech that Actually Helps, with Jennifer Gonzalez

    151: Here's the Teacher Tech that Actually Helps, with Jennifer Gonzalez

    Looking for the teacher technology that will really make an impact in your classroom, not just replace processes you use with newer, more complicated ones? In this fun conversation with Jennifer Gonzalez, we talk about the tools and ideas inside her Teacher's Guide to Tech and how they can help in your ELA Classroom. 

    • 26 min
    A Quiet Revolution in Reading and Writing, with Penny Kittle

    A Quiet Revolution in Reading and Writing, with Penny Kittle

    Discover the power of choice reading, modern mentor texts, and writer's notebooks in this actionable podcast workshop with Penny Kittle.  Get Penny's tips on gently challenging what's not working at your school.
    Find out how she integrates choice reading and writer's notebooks to ignite student interest. 
    Discover her favorite choice reads for students right now and the authors who have helped inspire her practice. 

    • 51 min
    Two Inspiring Children's Book Projects, with Pernille Ripp

    Two Inspiring Children's Book Projects, with Pernille Ripp

    Want to try having students write nonfiction children's books? How about perform plays based on their favorite children's books?
    Learn all about these two wonderful children's book projects and more in this interview with Pernille Ripp. 
    Let's connect! 
    Facebook Group: Creative High School English
    Instagram: @nowsparkcreativity

    • 26 min
    The Power of Children's Books for Older Kids, with Pernille Ripp

    The Power of Children's Books for Older Kids, with Pernille Ripp

    Picture books have so much to offer readers of all ages. In this interview with literacy dynamo Pernille Ripp (part one of two), find out how to use children's books to introduce big ideas, demonstrate writer's craft, and start important conversations. 

    • 28 min
    6 Fresh Ideas for your Writing Program

    6 Fresh Ideas for your Writing Program

    Ready to refresh your writing program with new, creative options? In this podcast episode, learn about unique writing prompts, writing alternative endings to fiction, using collaborative writing projects, spiraling writing instruction, building an argument unit around a mock trial, and more!

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

Coffee Name Jenny ,

Episode 150 is a keeper!

I will be listening again and again to mine this 150th episode for the gems it holds for my students and this teacher. Betsy led Penny Kittle through a series of master teacher lessons in less than an hour. So inspiring!
Betsy, thank you for bringing so many rich thoughts and practices to us in every episode.

yoteach1 ,

Outstanding Resource

I’ve gained so much insight into engaging and meaningful ways to facilitate learning and encourage critical analysis in my course. Betsy has designed and shared many learning activities that encourage students to connect with the text and with one another. I’ve already used Hexagonal Thinking and One Pagers-going to incorporate her annotation strategies next! Thank you for this incredibly useful resource!

mrs.amandawhite ,

Brilliant, higher-order thinking ideas

I love Betsy’s ideas. They are realistic, high-quality, and help push my students in their higher order thinking skills. Check out hexagonal thinking!

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