In this episode, we have a surprise announcement (a few, in fact), along with the introduction of some brand new features at EdCloset.  Tune in to find out what we're cleaning out from our closet this spring, and how to know when it's time to move on.

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While I've been noticing the STEAM trend rise, I'm also noticing some folks who are getting more and more vocal in their dislike for the STEAM resources being shared.  They are claiming that what's out there isn't "real" STEAM or that it's doing a "disservice" to what STEAM is and who it serves.

So that leads me to ask...is there a right and a wrong way to STEAM?  Can you mess this up?  And if so, how do you know if you are doing it "right" or "wrong".

In today's SparkChasers podcast episode, we're going to explore this topic and what I share might surprise you.

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Teachers - there is a big fat lie that has been floating around schools for the past several decades and it's time that we bring it to light.  In today's episode, we're diving deep into the biggest lie that schools tell teachers and how we can fight it in our words and actions every day.

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Looking for some fresh tech tools for your classroom without feeling overwhelmed?  In today's episode, Susan shares 6 tech tools she's excited about right now and some ideas for how you can put them into place in your classroom for both yourself and your students.

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We can all get stuck in the muck when it comes to making changes.  Using arts integration, STEAM and the Creative Mindset all cause us to make a change in our teaching practice - and sometimes, we run into some pretty tough barriers.  In today's episode, we're diving into the reasons that change is hard and what steps we can take to make it all a little easier.

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Confused about the roles of the classroom and arts teachers in an arts integration or STEAM lesson?  Who plans the lesson?  And what about grading?  In today's episode, Susan is taking you behind the scenes of a secret new project to share exactly who does what when it comes to an integrated lesson.

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You've heard of Genius Hour, but what about having a Class Genius Bar?  In today's episode, Susan is sharing an idea that could transform how students learn and how you teach based on the Genius Bar concept used in Apple Stores around the world.

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We've all felt it: the overwhelm that comes with all of the STUFF in our lives.  From papers to emails to new websites, it's just too much. In today's episode, Susan is helping you streamline everything into a manageable system that lets you get back to teaching.

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It's the beginning of January and you know what that means: New Years Resolutions!  But do you make resolutions for your classroom?  In today's episode, we're taking a look at how to hit the restart button when it comes to your classroom routines and structures to ensure a smooth start to the second half of the school year.

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We never have enough time in the classroom, so if there's a way to save a few minutes with some small adjustments here and there, I say go for it!  In today's episode, I'm sharing 4 of my top "hacks" for successful arts integration lessons each and every time.  Hint: if 2016 is your year to get organized and save your sanity, you'll want to tune into this episode!

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