The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | ELA

By Betsy Potash: ELA

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Tiffany
 Aug 1, 2018
Betsy's podcasts are amazing! She is great to listen to and offers simple, realistic ideas for the ELA classroom.

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Want to love walking into your ELA classroom each day? Excited about innovative strategies like PBL, escape rooms, hexagonal thinking, sketchnotes, one-pagers, student podcasting, genius hour, and more? Want a thriving choice reading program and a shelf full of compelling diverse texts? You're in the right place! Here you'll find interviews with top authors from the ELA field, workshops with strategies you can use in class immediately, and quick tips to ignite your English teacher creativity. Love teaching poetry? Explore blackout poems, book spine poems, I am from poems, performance poetry, lessons for contemporary poets, and more. Excited to get started with hexagonal thinking? Find out how to build your first deck of hexagons, guide your students through their first discussion, and even expand into hexagonal one-pagers. Into visual learning? Me too! Learn about sketchnotes, one-pagers, and the writing makerspace. Want to get your students podcasting? Get the top technology recs you need to make it happen, and find out what tips a podcaster would give to students starting out. Wish your students would fall for choice reading? Explore top titles and how to fund them, learn to make your library more appealing, and find out how to be a top P.R. agent for books in your classroom. In it for the interviews? Fabulous! Find out about project-based-learning, innovative school design, what really helps kids learn deeply, design thinking, how to choose diverse texts, when to scaffold sketchnotes lessons, building your first writing makerspace, cultivating writer's notebooks, getting started with genius hour, and so much more, from our wonderful guests. Here at The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, discover you're not alone as a creative English teacher. You're part of a vast community welcoming students to their next escape room, rolling out contemporary poetry and reading aloud on First Chapter Fridays, engaging kids with social media projects and real-world ELA units. As your host (hi, I'm Betsy), I'm here to help you ENJOY your days at school and feel inspired by all the creative ways to teach both contemporary works and the classics your school may be pushing. I taught ELA at the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade levels both in the United States and overseas for almost a decade, and I didn't always get support for my creativity. Now I'm here to make sure YOU get the creative support you deserve, and it brings me so much joy. Welcome to The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, a podcast for English teachers in search of creative teaching strategies!

Episode Date
290: Try this Hack to Teach Varied Sentence Structure
Apr 18, 2024
289: How to Launch Book Talk Podcasts in Class
Apr 16, 2024
288: A Lesser-Known Amanda Gorman Gem
Apr 11, 2024
277: How Erica Used the AI PBL Project to give her Students Voice
Apr 09, 2024
276: Let All Books Count: A Tale of Two Kids
Apr 04, 2024
275: Teaching SciFi & Fantasy (The Elective Series continues)
Apr 02, 2024
274: Using Students’ Love of Youtube to our ELA Advantage
Mar 28, 2024
273: First Chapter Friday: Nancy Tandon Reads
Mar 26, 2024
272: You Need to Know about this Short Story
Mar 21, 2024
271: #Bookface is Well Worth a Look
Mar 19, 2024
270: Try a March Madness Poetry Bracket
Mar 14, 2024
269: Teaching Research to Digital Natives
Mar 12, 2024
268: Try These Google Translate Tools in Class
Mar 07, 2024
267: So your Students aren't Doing the Reading? Here's Help.
Mar 05, 2024
266: Summer PD that Delivers
Feb 29, 2024
265: Teaching Conversation in a Polarized World (The Elective Series Begins)
Feb 27, 2024
264: Launch Tiny Podcasts (don't be intimidated)
Feb 22, 2024
263: Let's Reimagine the "Teacher Work Room"
Feb 20, 2024
262: Let Students Design Escape Rooms
Feb 16, 2024
261: Skill Practice that Isn't Boring: Grammar Edition
Feb 13, 2024
260: Try this Super Bowl Activity for Rhetorical Analysis that's Fun
Feb 08, 2024
259: First Chapter Friday: Matt de la Peña Reads
Feb 06, 2024
258: A Simple Trick for a Better Discussion
Feb 01, 2024
257: Build a Common Errors Hyperdoc to Dramatically Speed up Grading
Jan 30, 2024
256: Highly Recommended: Try a Pancake Project (It's Not About The Pancakes!)
Jan 25, 2024
255: How to Set Up Self-Editing Stations
Jan 23, 2024
254: Highly Recommended: Try This For Black History Month
Jan 18, 2024
253: No More Taking Grading Everywhere you Go
Jan 16, 2024
252: The First Chapter Friday Series: Megan E. Freeman reads from Alone
Jan 09, 2024
251: Highly Recommended: My Favorite Planner Routine
Jan 05, 2024
250: Fire up your Choice Reading Program, with Abby Gross
Jan 02, 2024
249: Highly Recommended: Make Over your Work Space
Dec 21, 2023
248: A Simple Solution To The First Day Back
Dec 19, 2023
247: Highly Recommended: This Book Project Kids Like
Dec 14, 2023
246: Inspire Winter Break Reading with a Book Tasting Now
Dec 12, 2023
245: Highly Recommended: "Sketchnote Fever"
Dec 07, 2023
244: Creative Winter Poetry Activities for ELA
Dec 05, 2023
243: Highly Recommended: The Chunk-and-Schedule Method
Nov 30, 2023
242: Building Better Book Clubs, with Martina Cahill
Nov 28, 2023
241: Highly Recommended: Reframe Argument like This for Students
Nov 23, 2023
240: Easy Ways to use Performance Poetry in ELA (and why you Should!)
Nov 21, 2023
239: Highly Recommended: Use One-Pagers as a Creative Gateway
Nov 16, 2023
238: Let me Plan your ELA Lessons the Week before Thanksgiving
Nov 14, 2023
237: Highly Recommended: Don't Grade it All
Nov 09, 2023
236: When your Students just... Don't Care
Nov 08, 2023
235: Highly Recommended: Gene Luen Yang's Ted Talk
Nov 02, 2023
234: Closing the Opportunity Gap, with Reid Saaris
Oct 31, 2023
233: Highly Recommended: Teach Living Poets
Oct 26, 2023
232: Building More Inclusive Classrooms with Dr. Mark Gooden
Oct 24, 2023
231: Highly Recommended: Try using your Whiteboard like This
Oct 19, 2023
230: Creative Short Story Station Ideas for ELA
Oct 17, 2023
229: Highly Recommended: These Stunning Posters
Oct 13, 2023
228: Taylor Made for ELA: The Swift Collabisode
Oct 11, 2023
227: Highly Recommended: Don't Play Email Whack-a-Mole
Oct 05, 2023
226: Banned Books Week Starts Now (Here's Help)
Oct 02, 2023
225: Highly Recommended: Present or Publish your Work this Year
Sep 28, 2023
224: Here's How to Help Quieter Students into Discussion
Sep 26, 2023
223: Highly Recommended: The Bread Loaf School of English
Sep 21, 2023
222: Creative Halloween Activities for October in ELA
Sep 19, 2023
221: Highly Recommended: Ask for What you Want
Sep 14, 2023
220: Try Teaching The College Essay like This
Sep 12, 2023
219: Highly Recommended: Vocaroo
Sep 07, 2023
218: A Beginner's Guide to using Podcasts in the Classroom
Sep 05, 2023
217: Highly Recommended: Research with a Twist
Aug 31, 2023
216: Let's Talk Graphic Novels with Jerry Craft
Aug 29, 2023
215: Highly Recommended: Book Trailers
Aug 25, 2023
214: Build a Bridge to the Library this Year
Aug 24, 2023
213: Highly Recommended: The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
Aug 17, 2023
212: The Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Digital Bookshelves
Aug 15, 2023
211: Highly Recommended: An Easier Back-to-School Night
Aug 10, 2023
210: Creative Alternatives to the Summer Reading Essay
Aug 08, 2023
209: Highly Recommended: Alone
Aug 03, 2023
208: A New Approach to Differentiation with Kareem Farah
Aug 02, 2023
207: Highly Recommended: Book Clubs
Jul 27, 2023
206: Help Students Consider the Ethics of AI with this Free PBL Unit
Jul 25, 2023
205: Highly Recommended: Attendance Questions
Jul 20, 2023
204: Students need Diverse Texts and Choice - Here's Help
Jul 18, 2023
203: Highly Recommended: Name Tent One-Pagers on Day One
Jul 13, 2023
202: Silent Discussions Made Easy
Jul 11, 2023
201: Highly Recommended: Penny Kittle's "Beautiful Words" Project
Jul 06, 2023
200: Do THIS in July to make August Better in your ELA Classroom
Jul 04, 2023
199: Highly Recommended: Playing the "Whole Game"
Jun 29, 2023
198: Take One of These Virtual Field Trips with your ELA Students
Jun 26, 2023
197: Highly Recommended: Canva
Jun 22, 2023
196: How Caitlin's Verse Novel Book Clubs Engaged Seniors 'til the End
Jun 20, 2023
195: Highly Recommended: The High School Classroom Library
Jun 15, 2023
194: 4 Graphic Storytelling Activities from Graphic Novelist Laura Lee Gulledge
Jun 13, 2023
193: Highly Recommended: The Libro FM Educator Program
Jun 08, 2023
192: Who's on your New Pride Month Display?
Jun 06, 2023
191: Highly Recommended: Jason Reynolds
Jun 01, 2023
190: My Top Contemporary Text Ideas for your ELA Classes
May 30, 2023
189: Highly Recommended: My Shakespeare
May 25, 2023
188: Feel like it's Impossible to Teach it All (Part II)
May 23, 2023
187: Highly Recommended: The Dark Matter of Mona Starr
May 18, 2023
186: Feel like it's Impossible to Teach it All? (Part I)
May 16, 2023
185: Highly Recommended: Faculty Fun
May 11, 2023
184: How to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with this Interactive Display
May 09, 2023
183: Highly Recommended: Time-Saving Templates
May 04, 2023
182: Want to Support Student Well Being? I Know! (Here's Help)
May 02, 2023
181: Highly Recommended: John Spencer's Video Writing Prompts
Apr 27, 2023
180: The One about Eastern Europe
Apr 25, 2023
179: Highly Recommended: SBB's Baths vs. Showers
Apr 20, 2023
178: Struggling to Make it to the End of the Year? Try this.
Apr 18, 2023
177: Highly Recommended: Starfish
Apr 13, 2023
176: Reasons to Feel Hopeful about AI at School
Apr 04, 2023
175: Actionable ABAR Steps in ELA, with Liz Kleinrock
Mar 21, 2023
174: A New ELA Go-To? 15 Ways to use La Literatura de Cordel
Mar 07, 2023
173: Enjoy Teaching Rhetorical Analysis (with these Strategies)
Feb 21, 2023
172: Celebrating Black Authors, Artists, & Activists in ELA
Feb 07, 2023
171: 6 Wonderful Ways you can use Graphic Novels
Jan 25, 2023
170: How to Host a Graphic Novel Book Tasting
Jan 11, 2023
169: Turning Classics into Graphic Novels, with Gareth Hinds
Dec 28, 2022
168: Why I'm not Worried about the New AI Tools
Dec 14, 2022
167: Fight Erasure. Feature Contemporary Indigenous Voices in Class.
Nov 29, 2022
166: How to Add an Audiobook Listening Station to your ELA Classroom
Nov 16, 2022
165: Classroom Management Strategies you can Actually Enjoy
Nov 02, 2022
164: 5 Public Speaking Projects for Secondary ELA
Oct 18, 2022
163: Case Study: A Meaningful 21st Century Research Project
Oct 05, 2022
162: Active Teaching: 10 Out-of-their-Seats Activities
Sep 21, 2022
161: The Ultimate Guide to First Chapter Friday
Sep 06, 2022
160: The College Essay: What Students (and Teachers) Need to Know
Aug 23, 2022
159: 3 Creative Ways to Teach Varied Sentence Structure
Aug 11, 2022
158: How to Create a Successful International Classroom Partnership
Jul 27, 2022
157: Designing Back-to-School for Belonging, with Dr. Susie Wise
Jul 13, 2022
156: How to Teach Living Poets, with Mel Smith
Jun 28, 2022
155: 21 Creative ELA Lessons you can use Immediately
Jun 13, 2022
154: Colorful Vocabulary Activities: Story Tiles, Wordy Decor & More
May 31, 2022
153: 6 Powerful Mentor Texts for Secondary ELA
May 17, 2022
152: 5 Class Podcast Projects for ELA
May 03, 2022
151: Here's the Teacher Tech that Actually Helps, with Jennifer Gonzalez
Apr 20, 2022
150: A Quiet Revolution in Reading and Writing, with Penny Kittle
Apr 05, 2022
149: Two Inspiring Children's Book Projects, with Pernille Ripp
Mar 22, 2022
148: The Power of Children's Books for Older Kids, with Pernille Ripp
Mar 08, 2022
147: 6 Fresh Ideas for your Writing Program
Feb 22, 2022
146: Authentic Audiences aren't Hard to Find
Feb 09, 2022
145: Teaching Annotation just got Fun
Jan 26, 2022
144: 3 Flexible ELA Units for an Omicron Winter
Jan 12, 2022
143: What We Can Do about Teacher Demoralization, with Doris Santoro
Dec 29, 2021
142: Choice Reading: Building a Reading Culture
Dec 14, 2021
141: Setting up your ELA Classroom Library
Nov 30, 2021
140: Every Student can Sketchnote, with Sylvia Duckworth
Nov 15, 2021
139: We Moved to Bratislava, Here's what it's Like
Nov 03, 2021
138: Hexagonal Thinking with Brave New Teaching (Bonus Episode)
Oct 26, 2021
137: Creative Activities to Pair with Any Novel
Oct 19, 2021
136: Creative Real-World Research Projects in ELA
Oct 05, 2021
135: When Students Design Escape Rooms
Sep 21, 2021
134: Creative Escape Rooms without the Fuss
Sep 07, 2021
133: Body Biographies & Digital Escape Rooms with Danielle Knight
Aug 24, 2021
132: A Case Study in Successful Student Podcasting
Aug 10, 2021
131: Help for Integrating SEL, with Dr. Lorea Martinez Perez
Jul 20, 2021
130: Build Connection with your Classroom Design
Jul 06, 2021
129: Try Hexagonal One-Pagers
Jun 23, 2021
128: Take your Hexagonal Thinking Activities Deeper
Jun 07, 2021
127: How to Create a Hexagonal Thinking Deck
May 25, 2021
126: 5 Ways to Use your Writing Makerspace
May 10, 2021
125: How to Start a Writing Makerspace
Apr 27, 2021
124: 6 Free Canva Tools for Teachers
Apr 13, 2021
123: Creative Blended Learning (Now and in the Future), with Dr. Catlin Tucker
Mar 30, 2021
122: The Ultimate Guide to Genius Hour In ELA
Mar 16, 2021
121: When Lit Circles WORK, with Krista Barbour
Mar 03, 2021
120: Collegiate High School's Digital Literary Food Truck Festival
Feb 16, 2021
119: 5 Creative Ways to Use QR Codes in ELA
Feb 02, 2021
118: Big Ideas for Better Writing Instruction, with EB Academics
Jan 19, 2021
117: 10 Ways to Encourage a Reading Culture in your (Online) Classroom
Jan 12, 2021
116: Connect with your Students as a New Year Begins
Jan 01, 2021
115: 5 Creative Digital Poetry Activities
Dec 21, 2020
114: Easily Reduce your Digital Paper Pile
Dec 15, 2020
113: Breakout Rooms, Community Building, and Grading Policies for Online Teaching
Dec 08, 2020
112: An ELA Teacher's Gift Guide
Dec 01, 2020
111: Creative Uses for Jamboard, with Matt Miller
Nov 24, 2020
110: Take Your Writing Workshop Digital (It's Easy), with Amanda Werner
Nov 17, 2020
109: How to Make Digital "Magnetic" Poetry Activities
Nov 10, 2020
108: Try a Virtual Travel Research Project
Nov 03, 2020
107: Virtual Discussion Problems? Try this
Oct 28, 2020
106: Doing a Podcast Project? Let me be your Guest Speaker
Oct 13, 2020
105: How to Creatively use T.V. Clips in ELA
Sep 29, 2020
104: Create a Hyperdoc in 6 Easy Steps
Sep 15, 2020
103: Off Screen Activities for Remote Learning in ELA
Sep 01, 2020
102: Taking your Literary Food Truck Festival Digital
Aug 20, 2020
101: How to Run Virtual Literature Circles
Aug 19, 2020
100: How to Run a Virtual First Chapter Friday
Aug 18, 2020
099: How to Get your Students listening to Podcasts, with Ashley Bible
Aug 04, 2020
098: 5 Flexible ELA Unit Ideas
Jul 23, 2020
097: A Flexible Plan for Blended Learning
Jul 21, 2020
096: Summer Priorities in the Face of Fall Uncertainties, with Angela Watson
Jul 07, 2020
095: Remote Teaching: Grading, Discussion, and Building Community with Marie Morris and Amanda Cardenas
Jun 23, 2020
094: Project Lit, Sketchnotes, and Classroom Design with Laquisha Hall
Jun 09, 2020
093: A Plan for your First Fall Unit in ELA
May 27, 2020
092: Distance Learning: A Creative End to the Year
May 12, 2020
091: Project-Based-Learning in the City, with Laura Deisley of Lab Atlanta
Apr 29, 2020
090: Bringing Transformation to your School, with Trace Pickering of Iowa Big
Apr 14, 2020
089: Adventures at Home
Apr 01, 2020
088: Help for Teaching through Coronavirus Closings
Mar 17, 2020
087: Easy Ways to use Hexagonal Thinking in ELA
Mar 10, 2020
086: Take Action for Deeper Learning, with Sarah Fine
Feb 25, 2020
085: 5 ELA Tech Tools to Try
Feb 11, 2020
084: These are a Few of my Favorite (English Teacher) Things
Jan 29, 2020
083: Engage your Snapchatters with Booksnaps, featuring Tara Martin
Jan 10, 2020
082: Innovative Elective (or Unit) Ideas for ELA
Dec 22, 2019
081: Empowering Students with Project-Based Learning
Dec 10, 2019
080: Let's Teach Students how to Collaborate
Nov 25, 2019
079: Less Testing. More Innovating.
Nov 12, 2019
078: The Quick Guide to First Chapter Fridays
Nov 05, 2019
077: Integrating the Arts & ELA
Oct 30, 2019
076: Host a "This I Believe" Radio Show
Oct 16, 2019
075: 10 Review Activities that aren't Boring
Sep 24, 2019
074: Infographic Projects for the Win
Sep 12, 2019
073: Help for Harkness Discussions
Aug 29, 2019
072: Connecting your English Classroom to the World
Aug 14, 2019
071: How to talk about Equity and Inclusion, with Liz Kleinrock
Jul 30, 2019
070: Help for Student Apathy, with Dave Stuart Jr.
Jul 17, 2019
069: 40 Ways to Reduce your Grading Time
Jul 02, 2019
068: Confronting Teacher Exhaustion, with Angela Watson
Jun 19, 2019
067: Look Forward to Teaching Vocabulary
Jun 04, 2019
066: We Need More Diverse Books
May 21, 2019
065: Final Exams that feel Meaningful
May 08, 2019
064: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Workshop
Apr 24, 2019
063: Using Stations Creatively in ELA
Apr 10, 2019
062: When Students Choose their Own Assessments, with David Rickert
Mar 27, 2019
061: Using Podcasts as Texts in ELA
Mar 11, 2019
060: Students won't read? Don't care? One Year to Change That
Feb 28, 2019
059: Maybe Teaching doesn't have to be so Lonely
Feb 17, 2019
058: How to Match Student Readers with Books they'll Love
Jan 30, 2019
057: Creative Tech Tools for ELA Teachers, with Jennifer Gonzalez
Jan 15, 2019
056: Get Funding with Donors Choose (Dos and Don'ts)
Jan 03, 2019
055: Hyperdocs, Authentic Audience, and Screencastify with Kristy Louden
Dec 18, 2018
054: Winter Holiday Activities for ELA
Dec 04, 2018
053: How to Plan a Unit in 30 Minutes
Nov 20, 2018
052: The Easy Guide to Blackout Poetry
Nov 07, 2018
051: Mock Trials and E-mail Etiquette with The Daring English Teacher
Oct 24, 2018
050: The Power of Imperfect Action
Oct 10, 2018
049: Get Creative with Google Classroom, with Matt Miller
Sep 26, 2018
048: Reading Program Accountability that doesn't Ruin Everything
Sep 19, 2018
047: The Power of the Writing Makerspace, with Angela Stockman
Sep 06, 2018
046: Sketchnotes are Awesome, with Mike Rohde
Aug 23, 2018
045: Classroom Memes and Interactive Notebooks
Aug 16, 2018
044: 25 Creative Assessments for Any Novel (Whoa)
Aug 09, 2018
043: Tips for New Teachers, with Kristy Avis
Jul 25, 2018
042: My FAVORITE Theater Project (for any play)
Jul 12, 2018
041: Teacher Mindset & Happiness with Angela Watson
Jun 26, 2018
040: Building a Creative Classroom Space
Jun 14, 2018
039: Overwhelmed? Try this simple strategy.
May 31, 2018
038: 10 Ways to Fill a Hole in your ELA Curriculum
May 17, 2018
037: Cut Year-End Teacher Stress
May 02, 2018
036: Host a Successful Class Play
Apr 19, 2018
35: Crush it with Book Clubs
Apr 05, 2018
034: 4 Ways to Integrate STEM into ELA
Mar 29, 2018
033: The Quick Guide to Genius Hour
Mar 15, 2018
032: Shakespeare Activities for Any Play
Mar 02, 2018
031: Using Murder Mysteries, Ted Talks, and SNL Clips in Class
Feb 22, 2018
030: The Simplest Method for One Pager Success
Feb 16, 2018
029: A Beginner's Guide to Teaching Abroad
Feb 13, 2018
028: Empower your Students, with John Spencer
Jan 18, 2018
027: Turn your Class into a Discussion Panel with Audience Tweeters
Jan 11, 2018
026: My Teacher Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Jan 05, 2018
025: The Best of ELA this Year
Dec 22, 2017
024: A Beginner's Guide to Student Blogging
Dec 15, 2017
023: Why you Need Discussion Warm-Ups
Dec 05, 2017
022: 10 Top Books for your Classroom Library
Nov 28, 2017
021: The Best Websites for ELA Teachers
Nov 17, 2017
020: Authentic Audiences for Student Work
Nov 06, 2017
019: Active Learning outside the Classroom Walls
Oct 20, 2017
018: A Simple Trick to Cut Grading Time
Oct 05, 2017
017: Get Started with ELA Escape Rooms
Sep 20, 2017
016: ELA Maker Spaces
Sep 08, 2017
015: Building Professional Community as a Teacher
Aug 27, 2017
014: Creative Secondary Decor
Aug 23, 2017
013: The First Day of School doesn't have to be Boring
Aug 16, 2017
012: 3 Simple Systems for a Creative Classroom
Aug 10, 2017
011: Classroom Mini-Flips
Jul 28, 2017
010: Creative Assessment Options
Jul 13, 2017
009: Show your Administration your Strengths
Jun 29, 2017
008: Harkness Discussions (are awesome)
Jun 16, 2017
007: Why You Should Try Poetry Slam
Jun 07, 2017
006: 10 Ideas for your Professional Development (Besides Conferences)
Jun 03, 2017
005: How to Get Started with a Classroom Collaboration
May 28, 2017
004: Theater and Performance Activities for ELA
May 18, 2017
003: Start your Choice Reading Program
May 17, 2017
002: Easy Strategies for Differentiation
May 17, 2017
001: My Favorite Strategy for Every Single Unit
May 17, 2017