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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

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 163 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.

    Case Study: A Meaningful 21st Century Research Project

    Case Study: A Meaningful 21st Century Research Project

    Find out how veteran teacher Jane Wisdom successfully incorporated a social media twist on the traditional research project, with great results from her students.  
    Find the show notes at http://nowsparkcreativity.com.
    Connect on Instagram @nowsparkcreativity.
    Discover community in my free Facebook group, Creative High School English. 

    • 26 min
    162: Active Teaching: 10 Out-of-their-Seats Activities

    162: Active Teaching: 10 Out-of-their-Seats Activities

    Beat the after-lunch lethargy with these active classroom strategies.
    Learn how to use stations, escape rooms, speed debating, hexagonal thinking, performance, and more to help keep your students up an engaged.
    In this episode, we're running through my favorite ways to help shake it up with movement in the classroom. 

    • 28 min
    The Ultimate Guide to First Chapter Friday

    The Ultimate Guide to First Chapter Friday

    First Chapter Fridays let you introduce students to a wide range of diverse compelling authors even if you can only spare a few minutes a week.
    In this episode, discover book choice inspiration, display options, author video options, sketchnotes templates for students, and more. Plus, get some ideas for how to save your voice! 
    I've been singing the First Chapter Friday song for years, but here's a complete take on how to do it right, with tons of resources and visuals waiting for you in the podcasts section over at nowsparkcreativity.com. 

    • 19 min
    The College Essay: What Students (and Teachers) Need to Know

    The College Essay: What Students (and Teachers) Need to Know

    Need help teaching the college essay to your students?
    Learn about what makes a strong college essay from four experienced college admissions officers and high school college counselors from around the United States. Play this episode for your students too! 
    Find the show notes and grab the free companion curriculum at: https://nowsparkcreativity.com/podcast

    • 20 min
    159: 3 Creative Ways to Teach Varied Sentence Structure

    159: 3 Creative Ways to Teach Varied Sentence Structure

    Want to teach sentence structure in a creative way that really helps? Try these three fun twists on the traditional worksheet. 
    Check out the visuals at nowsparkcreativity.com. Just click the "podcasts" tab at the top of the page! 

    • 14 min
    How to Create a Successful International Classroom Partnership

    How to Create a Successful International Classroom Partnership

    Want to try an international classroom collaboration? Learn the tips and tricks from Andrea Greer, who runs a five country collaboration from Japan. 
    Check out the show notes and find a collab partner through the link inside at nowsparkcreativity.com. 
     

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

Melandelijahsmom ,

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!

Hgsfloyd ,

Wonderful Ideas

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!

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.

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