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.
6 Wonderful Ways you can use Graphic Novels
Try using graphic novels to create powerful reading ladders, launch literature circles, help make the classics accessible, and more!
Tune in to this podcast episode for six helpful perspectives on how the graphic novel can ignite engagement in ELA.
Find the show notes here.
How to Host a Graphic Novel Book Tasting
Want to introduce your ELA students to the creative joys of graphic novels? Find out how to run a quick and productive book tasting to help introduce them to the genre.
Get book recommendations, a digital bookshelf template, the book tasting takeaways sheet, and more in the show notes at nowsparkcreativity.com.
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169: Turning Classics into Graphic Novels, with Gareth Hinds
Gareth Hinds has created appealing graphic novel versions of many great classics of English literature, like The Odyssey, The Iliad, Beowulf, and Shakespeare's plays. Find out how to use them in class to help deepen engagement.
We're talking about the visual language of graphic novels, top teaching tips for graphic novels, and how Gareth researches and creates his classic adaptations.
Why I'm not Worried about the New AI Tools
Worried about the new AI and its repercussions in the world of ELA? In this quick episode, let me share why I think it might actually be a good thing for our profession.
Fight Erasure. Feature Contemporary Indigenous Voices in Class.
Featuring contemporary Indigenous voices in your classroom - on your walls, in your research and writing projects, and on your shelves - can make a big difference in fighting erasure. Help your students of all backgrounds learn about Indigenous leaders, artists, and activists.
In today's episode, I'm sharing concrete options to help. Discover the best free posters, leaders to feature in your research projects, strong contemporary titles, an easily accessible poem by our Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and more.
You can find the show notes at nowsparkcreativity.com in the podcast section. While you're there, take a peek at all the free curriculum resources!
166: How to Add an Audiobook Listening Station to your Classroom
Want to help your independent readers enjoy audiobooks? Whether you want to use Audible, Libro FM (do you know about their free educator advance listening program?), Libby, or Sora, in this episode I'll walk you through the process of creating easy access for your students at your own classroom listening station. Check out the show notes at nowsparkcreativity.com for visuals and links!
Such great, applicable ideas!
Betsy has such a creative approach to thinking through how to get kids engaged in really rigorous and interesting content and activities. As a former English teacher, I connect with Betsy’s passion for exciting ELA lessons, and as a principal now, I love how I can help teachers apply her ideas for engagement into various subject areas. This podcast is a “go-to” when you need to spark joy and creativity in any classroom!
Betsy has packed each episode with numerous creative ideas for teaching! I have used so many of them in my classroom, and my students always love them. Thank you for everything!
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.