Susan Riley | June 2015

Are You Stuck in the Comparison Trap?

Do you ever find yourself comparing your work or your journey to that of others around you?

Maybe it’s another teacher across the hall, who is doing some amazing work with her students. Maybe it’s that blog you follow, where everything showcased is just beautiful.  So often, I come across educators who get paralyzed in their arts integration journey because they don’t feel like they could ever do what others have showcased.

Trust me – we have ALL been there.  In fact, I have to remind myself all the time that “comparison is the thief of joy” (thank you Theodore Roosevelt).  Everyone is at a different stage of their journey, so it’s not fair to you or them to compare where you are with their path.

I actually did this when I first started piloting arts integration in my elementary school.  We read the book “Renaissance in the Classroom” and it almost killed the entire process before we even got started.  We all read the 9-week projects and thought “there’s no way we can do this!” before taking a step back and really outlining the process for ourselves.

Along the way, I discovered three really important pieces to help stop the comparison cycle and get back on track with carving your own unique journey.  In today’s EdCloset On-Demand, I share those 3 items and how you can use them to help you move forward, too!

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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