Susan Riley | June 2015

How to Get Out of a Creative Rut

Do you ever find yourself struggling to come up with any new ideas?

It might be spicing up a stale (but tried-and-true) lesson plan, figuring out how to present material a different way so all your students really “get it”, or even just creating your own art.  Sometimes creativity can feel so elusive!

In today’s EdCloset On-Demand episode, we’re tackling how to get out of a creative rut with one simple change: your location!  And, I’m sharing some ways that you can use this same idea in your classroom throughout the year to give your students a creative “jumpstart” as well.

What’s great about this whole idea is that you don’t have to leave your classroom to make it happen.  Sure – it’s helpful to get out of the room and maybe hold class outside (my students loved it when we had music outside!), but it’s not necessary.  With a few alterations, you can reset your classroom to be a creativity hub.

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Here’s my summertime challenge for you: try this yourself.  Once a week, do one of your routines in a new place.  Maybe it’s listening to a podcast while taking a walk rather than in the car.  Maybe it’s folding your laundry in the family room rather than in the laundry room.  Whatever it is, try doing a mundane task in a new place and see how you feel afterwards. You might be surprised at what a change of scenery can do for your creative mindset!

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