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The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | ELA

Sep 28, 2023

This week I want to talk about getting you in front of an audience this year.

My first year in the classroom I had an amazing mentor. Anne, my department chair, invited me to her house for lunch regularly. I brought pastries, she made fruit salads, and then over oatmeal-raisin scones and papaya, she listened to me...

Sep 26, 2023

There are so many reasons why a student may be quiet in class. The language may be difficult. They may need more time to think than the pace of discussion allows. They may not have been able to read because of other things happening in their lives that they can't control. They may be really shy.

But there are ways to...

Sep 21, 2023

This week let’s talk about a unique masters program - and the one I did - The Bread Loaf School of English.

Quick Details:

  • Summer Program out of Middlebury College
  • M.A. In English, but almost all participants are teachers, so there's a teaching angle!
  • Campuses in Vermont, Oxford (England), and California
  • Unique...

Sep 19, 2023

Have you reached for a turtleneck sweater yet? Bought one of those big pumpkins or bright purple mums at the stand along the road? Sipped your first spiced latte?

It's that time of year again!

As the leaves turn and we move into the flow of the school year, it's a nice time to sprinkle in a little holiday fun for...

Sep 14, 2023

This week let’s talk a different kind of topic, asking for what you want in education.

When I was five, my mom took me to a raspberry farm. I leaped out of the car, basket in hand, ready to harvest heaps of my favorite berry. Only to see a closed sign. I headed back to the car, distraught. 

“Well,” said my mom....