September 24, 2019
Review can easily get boring. Why not review with the same kind of dynamic, creative activities that make up your daily lessons? In this episode, get ten ideas for engaging ways to revisit material without lecturing.
September 12, 2019
Infographics make an ideal project for your high school ELA classroom. Students combine personal interest and authentic audience in this research-based design thinking project, honing their writing, editing, and artistic skills all at once in a highly real-world relevant way. In this episode, learn how to introduce and complete a design thinking infographics project of your own.
August 29, 2019
Heard of Harkness discussions but don't know how to get started? Wondering how they're different from Socratic seminars? Get answers to all the commonly asked questions in this comprehensive guide to using Harkness successfully in your classroom. Harkness is certainly in my top three favorite classroom tools, so I hope this episode will inspire you to give it a try!
August 14, 2019
When the lines between classwork and real world work get blurred, it often leads to engagement and deeper learning for our students. This episode is all about finding ways to connect our classrooms to the world beyond them. Listen in for project ideas and tweaks on argument and research papers that can help teach the same vital ELA skills with a real-world relevant lens.
July 30, 2019
Learn from Liz Kleinrock, Teaching Tolerance teacher of the year, about how she approaches big conversations about difficult topics with her students. If you wish you had more information about how to safely address issues of race, gender, social justice, and equity in your classroom, this episode can help.
July 17, 2019
Want to help your apathetic students become more motivated? In this podcast episode, learn the five key beliefs that help students with their motivation, and discover two specific ways to help banish apathy and inspire your students to be more motivated.
July 2, 2019
Grading doesn't have to be the thing that haunts you as a teacher. There are a ton of strategies out there to help you reduce your grading time and maximize its effectiveness, once you decide to take a stand for yourself. Choosing to use some of them will free up your time to enjoy creating the unique lesson plans you and your students love and to have more balance between home and school. In this episode, discover forty great options and choose the ones that are right for you.
June 19, 2019
Ready for an end to the teacher tired? The teacher guilt? The teacher busy? In this episode, I'm chatting with Angela Watson about her work helping teachers become more productive and purposeful in their choices. We're talking about her new book, Fewer Things, Better, and her course, The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club.
June 4, 2019
Wish teaching vocabulary could be more creative and fulfilling? Try these ten strategies to make studying vocabulary more engaging and the words memorable. Find the show notes with all the links and images at
May 21, 2019
We need diverse books in our ELA classrooms. In this podcast episode and blog post, discover title ideas for diversifying your booklists in American Lit, British Lit, World Lit, and Independent Reading. It matters so much for our students to see their own stories reflected on the page! Please visit the show notes at to find out how to participate in a new project connecting readers in classrooms around the world called The Modern Voices Project.
May 8, 2019
Want to finish off the year with as much meaning and creativity as you've brought to your curriculum all year long? If you can, skip the multiple choice and short answer and try a creative final exam. In this episode, you'll discover five great options.
April 24, 2019
In this episode, discover how to structure a successful writing workshop, what a workshop mini lesson is, and how to trouble shoot common issues that come up. Learn with Amanda Werner, experienced workshop teacher and host of The Workshop Teacher podcast.
April 10, 2019
Want to try out stations in your ELA classroom? Find out how to set them up for success and get inspiration for crafting your own as we walk through eight examples.
March 27, 2019
In this episode of The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, we're focusing in on student-choice assessment. By the end of the episode you'll know how to get students started in creating their own assessments, how to structure your class unit, how to grade this epic project, and a few tips and tricks to make it all go smoothly.
March 11, 2019
Discover great podcasts to use in your ELA classroom, and get tips for how to use them successfully. Find out how to keep students focused as they listen and how to make it easy for them to access podcasts individually.
February 28, 2019
Students won't read? Don't care? In this podcast episode, discover one year's worth of strategies to help you defeat apathy and make connections, paving the way for students to develop their love of language so they can be successful students. You can't read every book out loud to them forever. Use blogs, podcasts, Ted Talks, spoken word poetry, independent reading and more to create a curriculum that will truly make a difference in their lives.
February 17, 2019
Though you're constantly surrounded by people, teaching can be lonely. This episode is all about finding ways to build positive personal and professional relationships with other teachers at your school and in your area.
January 30, 2019
Your independent reading program will be most successful when you can help student readers find the books they'll truly love. Check out this episode for nine simple strategies to make it easy for you to match your students with the right books.
January 15, 2019
Want tech that unlocks student creativity instead of replacing what's already working? Join me as I chat with Jennifer Gonzalez, from Cult of Pedagogy, about her favorite creative tech tools and tech-based class projects for English teachers.
January 3, 2019
If you're spending too much of your salary to equip your (public school) classroom to meet your students' needs, find out how to leverage Donors Choose to get what you need. Follow these eight easy tips for Donors Choose success.
December 18, 2018
In this episode, I'm talking to Kristy from Louden Clear in Education  about using hyperdocs to teach writing more effectively, a speech project with a true authentic audience, and how to use Screencastify to save so much time.
December 4, 2018
Sick of trying to compete with holiday madness in December? Stop trying! Bring the holidays in and enjoy teaching all your usual ELA skills in a new context. My favorite option? Gingerbread house short stories! Listen in for the details.
November 20, 2018
If you're finding it a struggle to figure out how to plan your days, weeks, and units, this episode is here to help. Learn the simple three-step strategy I've always used to plan my ELA units and keep my teaching life organized.
November 7, 2018
If your students would rather eat a ghost chili than dive into poetry workshop, blackout poetry is your new best friend! In this episode, I'll teach you the simple steps you can use to guide them in creating stunning blackout poems.
October 24, 2018
Learn about how to get started with mock trials, a funny way to teach your students to write a good e-mail, how to wrap up a unit with a board game final project and much more in today's jam-packed episode with Christina from The Daring English Teacher. Find the show notes at
October 10, 2018
If you've ever felt like you just didn't have time to learn enough about something new you want to try in your classroom before rolling it out, this episode is for you. It's time to take action, even if it isn't perfect.
September 26, 2018
Google Classroom sounds great, but how does it work? In this episode of The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, learn how to leverage this platform to create more creative, more organized lessons, and to make your feedback process faster and more effective.
September 19, 2018
Keeping students accountable to some expectations while helping them fall in love with reading is not easy! In this show, discover four creative ways to check in with your readers in a way that won't make you feel like the book police.
September 6, 2018
Guiding students in using maker elements to build their arguments and ideas leads to greater complexity in their thinking and writing. Find out how to get started in this conversation with Angela Stockman, author of Hack the Writing Workshop.
August 23, 2018
In this episode, find out what sketchnotes are and why they matter to your classroom as I interview Mike Rohde, the creator of sketchnotes.
August 16, 2018
In this episode, I'm chatting with Tracee Orman about some of her favorite classroom strategies. Discover how to use memes to help your students connect to literature, when and why to use interactive notebooks, and the true power of YA fiction.
August 9, 2018
Looking for more creative assessment options at the end of your novel units? Discover twenty-five new ideas in this episode, plus the secret sauce to keep them meaningful in terms of analysis.
July 25, 2018
In this episode I'm chatting with Kristy Avis, the blogger behind 2 Peas and a Dog and co-host of the 2ndary ELA Facebook Group and Twitter Chat. She's sharing ideas to help new teachers make their first year more positive, effective, and fulfilling.
July 12, 2018
Coming up with a great theater project is hard work. In this episode, I'll walk you through a few easy steps to split any play into key scenes and then have students perform them, in order, on the final day of your unit. You're going to love it!
June 26, 2018
If you're feeling overwhelmed in your teaching life, and you'd like help with how to adjust your mindset, routines and goals to feel happier in the profession, this interview with Angela Watson will help you find your way.
June 14, 2018
Planning the layout and components of your ELA classroom? Get ideas for what to put inside to make it a great space to work and learn, for you and your students.
May 31, 2018
In this episode, I'll share a simple strategy that can help you prioritize what is most important to you and schedule your week so you don't always feel like you have a thousand different things you should be doing.
May 17, 2018
Discover ten great options for that hole in your ELA curriculum, whether it's large or small. This is the perfect episode for you if you are writing a new course, restructuring a course, or looking to add a unit into a course you've already got.
May 2, 2018
Discover five simple strategies for ending the year with less stress and more creativity. In this episode, I'll share some small tweaks you can make so you head for summer feeling less exhausted and more fulfilled.
April 19, 2018
In this episode, Danielle from Nouvelle ELA, theater guru, shares her structure for a successful class play. Don't be intimidated! This awesomely engaging activity is more doable than you might think, and OH so much fun.
April 5, 2018
Join me as I talk to special guest Melissa Kruse of The Reading and Writing Haven about how to use book clubs to encourage choice reading with your students. Get the information you need to get started with a successful book club program right away.
March 29, 2018
In this episode, discover how you can bring STEM into your ELA class through creative novel projects, nonfiction articles that will peak student interest, starting an ELA makerspace, and helping students launch social media campaigns for change.
March 15, 2018
In this episode, I'll give you the rundown on and the roadmap for an ELA genius hour. Find out how it fits the standards, how to structure it, how to grade it, and where you can find an amazing free resource set to get you started.
March 2, 2018
Teaching Shakespeare? Find six creative new ideas for writing and performance activities that will work for ANY Shakespeare play. Help students connect with the Bard.
February 22, 2018
Learn how to use murder mysteries, Ted Talks, and SNL clips in this episode with special guest Amanda from the "Engaging and Effective" blog. You'll love her fresh take on engaging students and helping them to buy in to your curriculum.
February 16, 2018
One-pagers combine visuals with text to make ideas come alive in students’ minds and memories. This episode is all about how to make this powerful activity successful, whether or not the majority of your students love art.
February 13, 2018
If you've ever considered teaching abroad, listen to this episode. I'm sharing my biggest takeaways from two years teaching overseas so you know how to get a job, what challenges you'll face, and what strategies will help you succeed.
January 18, 2018
In this episode, my guest John Spencer shares strategies teachers can use to start moving in more creative classroom directions, even when feeling trapped in a system of mandates and test prep.
January 11, 2018
In this episode, Jenna Copper from Doc Cop Teaching and I dive into one of her most successful and engaging classroom strategies, a discussion format in which students rotate between the roles of discussion panelists and audience tweeters.
January 5, 2018
In this episode, I take a look back over the various big and small picture mistakes I've made as a teacher, and give you a roadmap for how to avoid them.
December 22, 2017
In this episode, I take a look back over the trends, resources, and strategies that stood out to me as the most interesting during this year in ELA. Get inspired for 2018.
December 15, 2017
In this episode, I'll share five fabulous ways to empower your student writers through blogging. Getting the hang of blogger takes about ten minutes, and it is so worth your time! Find out what doors will open to you and your students once you do.
December 5, 2017
In this episode, I'll share my top strategy for success with any discussion. Helping students to prepare with a fun, easy warm-up activity eliminates the awkward silence and empowers students to contribute easily. Get ready for engagement.
November 28, 2017
Brynn Allison of The Literary Maven shares her top ten current book recommendations to hook reluctant readers. Get ready to help your students fall in love with books.
November 17, 2017
In this episode, I'm sharing my favorite sites for free creative lesson plans and ideas for English teachers online. Get all the links from the show notes at
November 6, 2017
In this episode, I'll share five strategies for amping up student engagement by giving them authentic audiences for their work.
October 20, 2017
In this episode I'll share strategies for taking a break from your classroom space and getting out into other school spaces. Spend a day trying one of these mini-field trips and see if you and your students don't both feel better.
October 5, 2017
In this episode, I'll share the system that allows me to skip repetitive comment writing by using a list of common errors with my students. You can find the show notes and a free download of my own list of common errors at
September 20, 2017
In this episode, I'll introduce you to the concept of escape rooms, an engaging teaching strategy rapidly growing in momentum across the country. Emily Aierstok, my first ever podcast guest, will share her experiences teaching with escape rooms in her New York classroom. The show notes this week are EXTENSIVE and include a fun giveaway, so be sure to head to to find them.
September 8, 2017
In this episode I'll be sharing two ways you can try out ELA maker spaces in your classroom this year. They are creative, doable and inexpensive, and I think you're going to love them! Head to to check out the show notes.
August 27, 2017
Ever feel lonely at work, even though you're surrounded by people all the time? This episode is all about finding ways to build a support structure for yourself as a creative teacher.
August 23, 2017
A beautiful and inspiring work space isn't just for primary students. In this episode, I'll share ideas for age-appropriate creative decor for your high school classroom. Be sure to check out the show notes at
August 16, 2017
Engage your students from the opening moment with these creative first day activities. No need to read that syllabus out loud! 
August 10, 2017
In this episode, I'll share with you three simple systems you can put in place at the start of the year to make class easier and more creative all year long. 
July 28, 2017
In this episode, I'll share five ways to dip your toes in the classroom flipping ocean. There's no need to abandon your entire curriculum to experiment with this intriguing new trend.
July 13, 2017
In this episode, I'll share why I believe in creative forms of assessment and share more than a dozen examples you can start using tomorrow in your ELA classroom. 
June 29, 2017
In this show, I'll share seven strategies for showing your administration your creative strengths as a teacher.
June 16, 2017
In this episode, I explain how to use the Harkness method of discussions to help students understand how to share a rich discussion and navigate group dynamics more effectively for the rest of their lives.
June 7, 2017
In this episode I'm sharing four easy steps to launch your own class poetry slam. It's a highly engaging unit that will help your English students fall in love with poetry. 
June 3, 2017
In this episode, I share ten ideas for creative professional development besides attending a conference to learn from others.
May 28, 2017
In this episode, I share four tips for engaging in a successful collaboration and give you five ideas for a shared project. You can look for a collaboration partner inside our free Facebook group, linked in the show notes at
May 18, 2017
In this episode, I go over some ideas for getting students engaged through theater and performance activities in class. 
May 17, 2017
In this episode, I explain how to create a free choice reading program for your ELA students to complement your main curriculum, and give you six fun ways to spark student engagement with it. 
May 17, 2017
In this episode, I explain three easy ways to use differentiation to let students play to their strengths in the classroom.
May 17, 2017
In this episode, I'll explain how I use showcase projects to light up my teaching units and increase student engagement.
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