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John Spencer
Attended Arizona State University - Bachelor's Degree
Lives in Phoenix, AZ
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Here's a short video I made about learning, bacon and authenticity. 
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Great Ignite. 
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Here's my latest post. 
When you see a problem in education, you can complain. That's not a bad thing. People need to know about problems in the system. We need strong advocates who will show us what is broken. However, it can sometimes be more helpful to offer a solution. So, you hate standardized tests?
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So, I compiled a list of my favorite fifty books on creativity that I've read in the last five years or so. 
My Recommended Reading List on Creativity and Design Thinking. I'm a big a fan of reading -- especially in the summertime. Later in the day, when it's blazingly hot, I usually have a quiet time. We all sprawl out on different chairs or couches and simply read. It's why Amazon Prime has paid for ...
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+Jake Duncan Ha ha. It's been 50 books over 5 years, though. 
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It's taken me awhile to refine the way I had students brainstorm.
One of the key components of the design thinking cycle is the ideating phase. In this phase, students start by brainstorming, followed by analyzing the ideas, and then creating a plan. On the surface, brainstorming should be easy. It should be the most fun of this entire process.
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If you're interested in having students do a quick, practical, inquiry-based introduction to research, this download might help. 
When I was a kid, I hated research papers. I hated the paint-by-numbers rules we had to follow. I hated the fact that I couldn't choose the topic or ask the questions or find the sources. I hated the notecards and the binders and everything else that stripped the wonder and curiosity of research ...
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My latest post is a video reflection. 
Personal branding has become popular in the last decade. I've heard more and more how students should learn to brand themselves. I disagree. I'd rather focus on identity than image because ultimately you are a person and not a product. Older Post Home. JOHN SPENCER ...
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Here's my latest post. It's one of the things I hope to take from K12 and apply to higher ed. 
I have noticed that students often hate the revision phase. In the design thinking cycle, they go from research to ideation and building a prototype. It seems cool. They're excited about what they made. But then when we switch to testing and revising, they get frustrated.
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Here's my latest post. 
Sometimes you need a community to test your ideas and push your thinking. I first heard about mastermind groups when AJ Juliani mentioned the concept to me. I hated the term because it conjured up images of people plotting to take over the world. It had a Pink and the Brain feel to it.
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My latest post is shaped by my experiences as a dad and as a teacher. 
I used to believe that creativity began in the mind. Ideas popped in and people responded externally by making things. I would get frustrated when students came into class having only used technology to consume rather than create. I would beg them to take risks creatively.
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A post I wrote while taking a break in a creative project -- one where I was so frustrated that I just had to do something different for fifteen minutes. 
I'm sitting at my computer right now clenching my fist. I would love to say that the problem is external - that some outside person is getting in the way of my creative work. I'd love to say that I just don't have enough time to get things done or that I'm too distracted.
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Here's my latest post. I used to hide my goofiness and now I realize it's a key part of what made my classroom work. 
I believe there is power in vintage ideas. Sometimes the best way to look forward is to look backward. However, there is often a derisive, false nostalgia that sometimes permeates conversations about schools, instruction and technology. It's the idea that anything new must be inherently bad and ...
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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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