Susan Riley | March 2015

Sparkchasers Season 2: Episode 4 “Get Fuzzy”

Did you ever see the cartoon series “Get Fuzzy”?

It’s kind of a modern take on Garfield. As a person who has both a dog and a cat, the banter in the series gives me a great chuckle.  The idea that genius is both hard to hold onto, and fuzzy around the edges rings true in every adventure of the pets and their owner.

This concept is even more true when we’re talking about the innovation process.  One of the reasons people are so eager to “innovate” the educational system is because they get distracted by the shiny new toy. Approach, buzz-word, technology, etc – and with this one shift, everything will be different.

Nothing could be further from the truth, of course.  Innovation isn’t shiny.  It’s fuzzy, messy, unbalanced.  That’s how you know you’re doing it right.

In today’s podcast, Greg and I explore the idea of innovating through the fuzziness.  When things are unclear or when your journey takes a sharp left turn – what do you do?

What’s a problem you’re working through right now that’s a little “fuzzy” around the edges?  Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear what you’re up to!

Episode Notes

7 Better Ways to Answer “What do you do”?

How do we define Personalized Learning?

Article: Make Learning Personal

Article: Transitioning to Open Educational Resources

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan