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John Spencer
Attended Arizona State University - Bachelor's Degree
Lives in Phoenix, AZ
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We've all seen it before. A student suddenly gets "in the zone" in the midst of a project. (It's even better when it happens with an entire class.) Time seems to simultaneously slow down and yet speed up all at once. There's a sense of challenge and urgency but also a sense of relaxation.
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I am currently a middle school photojournalism and computer teacher in urban Phoenix, Arizona. I have over a decade of experience in social studies, language arts, language acquisition and technology as well as experience in professional development and tea...
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How much time are we wasting chasing after phones? I have a reputation on campus as the “fun teacher” or the “loose teacher” or the rebel who doesn't follow rules. I find this odd because my class is pretty quiet. There's usually a gentle buzz while the students work.
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I was that way too. I also read somewhere recently, and I believe it,  that making connections with students does more for "achievement" than many of the other things that schools/teachers focus on. 
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I've been thinking about the notion of thinking inside the box and the idea that sometimes limitations are the catalysts for creative work. 
Phoenix doesn't have Voodoo Donuts. That's a shame. There's a deeply cultural idea that freedom and opportunity are the key ingredients to creativity. We use terms like "think outside the box" to describe the wild ones who abandon (or even blow up) the systems and make something new.
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Plusing not the donuts, but your sentence above.
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It's funny how much can be accomplished with a simple five-minute conversation. It can be a chance to guide students in self-reflection, help provide needed advice, or work provide a chance to review mastery of standards. This is why I tend to schedule short, five-minute conferences with ...
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You can get The Fireproof Teacher audiobook and ebook together for $2.99 https://gumroad.com/l/fireproofteacher #ntchat #edchat
This includes the audio version, a PDF and an .epub version of the book.  BOOK DESCRIPTION:Walk the hallways and see the sheer number of teachers who have left the profession or who are right on the cusp of burnout. Instead of thriving and loving their work, many teachers are wondering if they will make it another year. This book lays out a practical plan for avoiding burnout. Spencer, a veteran public school teacher, offers a practical approach...
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Getting Started with Design Thinking
I am currently working on a course to help teachers use design thinking across all content areas. Look for it this summer! Loading...
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I love projects. I love planning and building and making. I love dreaming up a new thing and then seeing if I can learn how to make it. I love the moment when I step back and look at a finished product and think, “I can't believe it turned out like that.” However, if I'm not careful, ...
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I often hear people describe a certain type of teacher as being "so creative." That teacher developing lessons from scratch is "so creative." Or that teacher who turned a boring spelling activity into a vocabulary karaoke game is "so creative." Or that teacher with the thematic classroom ...
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This post might ruffle feathers but it's something I believe strongly about.
Maker spaces, design thinking, and project-based learning have somehow become trendy lately. While I find it exciting that certain things that were once considered obsolete or even vintage are now being revived, I can't help but cringe at the defense for why we need makers. I hear phrases like, ...
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When I first dove into project-based learning, I remember saying, "It's not about the product. It's about the process." I wanted students to love the journey and appreciate every part of it. I wanted to see what skills they developed as a result. I wanted students to make sense out of what they ...
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I teach, I write, I live. I want to do all three authentically.
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I teach. I write. I live.  I want to do all three authentically. 

Nothing beats smashing oranges in the backyard with my sons, a relaxing conversation with my wife, a venti coffee with a good friend, a long run that seems to end nowhere, alone with my mind.
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  • Arizona State University - Bachelor's Degree
  • Northern Arizona University - Master's Degree
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