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The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | ELA

Jul 27, 2023

This week I want to share a quick push for trying book clubs this year. If you haven’t jumped on this trend yet, I want to give you a few quick reasons why I hope you will! 

Book clubs allow you to give students...

  • more choice in their curriculum
  • more diversity in the voices you share
  • a deeper exploration of a theme...

Jul 25, 2023

AI is here. And everyone is paying attention. Many people are wondering if AI will take over their jobs, others how it can help them do their jobs. Some folks are asking if AI can help us solve global warming, while plenty of people fear that SuperIntelligence might eventually evolve beyond humanity and stop caring...

Jul 20, 2023

As the back-to-school season rolls around, attendance questions are a super easy strategy to help you build community and get to know your students. In today's episode, I'll share what they are, how to get rolling with them, and how to use them flexibly throughout the year. 

Here’s how they work….

At attendance...

Jul 18, 2023

Today on the podcast, we’re talking about why offering our students diverse texts and giving them choice over their reading is so vitally important.

My guests, Dr. Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica and Dr. Allison Briceño, have recently written a carefully-researched and well-crafted book called Conscious Classrooms, all...

Jul 13, 2023

This week on "Highly Recommended" I’m sharing my absolute favorite way to start school - the name tent one-pager. 

Long-time listeners to the show will know that my first ever first day of school was an utter disaster. It was probably the day I came closest to leaving the profession. But at least I learned a valuable...