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John Spencer
Attended Arizona State University - Bachelor's Degree
Lives in Phoenix, AZ
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Not even sure if this post makes sense. It's a meandering trail . . . 
There are some things I can't un-see no matter how much I try. The Mountain Dew "puppy monkey baby" commercial is toward the top of that list. And yet . . . I get what they were going for. They wanted to be weird and quirky and fun. What they created was just kind-of creepy.
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Here's my latest sketchy video.
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Third day in a row creating a sketchy video. This is one I'm using with my college students. I'm pretty stoked with how it turned out. 
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Here's a collection of all nine of my video writing prompts. 
I believe that writing should be fun. It's not merely a functional activity we have to get through in life. I believe that persuasive, informational, and functional writing should be as fun as writing a story. I believe that all writing is inherently creative and that you can easily embed design ...
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Pre-service teachers often want explicit instructions for "how to be a good teacher." It doesn't work that way . . . and that's a good thing.
Often, in working with pre-service teachers, someone will ask about the "right" way to do something. The educational system throws around words like "best practices" and "highly qualified," but it doesn't really work that way. There is no guidebook or instruction manual or how-to video for how ...
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Here's my latest sketchy video.  
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Here's my latest post. 
Skip past these words and jump to the video. Seriously. I've been having way too much fun making these sketchy videos and I think the message comes across differently in a visual format. With the click of a button, I can send my work to the entire world. It can feel empowering.
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Here's my latest post. Confession: I love cooking shows. 
I love geeking out on the creative process. I love seeing the connections I experience in teaching, in writing, in developing web platforms, and in making sketchy videos. However, I also enjoy thinking through creativity in a context that's foreign to me. See, I'm not much of a cook.
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What goes through my mind each time anyone says "Meet the Teacher Night." 
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Here's my latest video writing prompt. This one is designed to help students think creatively. 
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My latest post on art, creativity, and legacy. Or, what I'm thinking about as I think about David Bowie and Glenn Frey. 
I'm not the type who gets super-emotional about the death of famous people I've never known. I didn't cry at the death of David Bowie or Alan Rickman. And yet, I'm thinking of David Bowie and the absolute permission to be weird. There were so many Bowie songs I never got and probably never will.
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I'm not an expert on leadership. I am, however, an expert on following . . . and this is a trait I look for in a leader. 
At first glance, this post might seem like a joke. After all, I'm not an expert on leadership. I've never held a leadership position beyond something like "coach" or "coordinator" or maybe "team leader." I've never been a supervisor or a principal or a director or a superintendent.
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  • Teacher, present
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Phoenix, AZ
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Clovis, CA
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My goal is simple. I want to make something new each day. Sometimes I make things. Sometimes I make a difference. On a good day, I do both.
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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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