Susan Riley | August 2015

Sparkchasers Podcast: Interpretation Makes Learning Sticky

How often has this happened to you: after designing the perfect lesson, you teach it without a hitch.  Your students go through a project and their results are fantastic.  But when you ask them to apply their learning in another area OR you see them take an assessment with questions addressing that very topic, they completely fall apart.  You’ve just been hit with the Disconnect Disease.

This happens when students don’t have any personal connection or investment in their learning.  They can memorize facts or even re-create the perfect project.  But because they didn’t go through the process of making meaning out of the process, what they learn goes in one ear and out the other.

Want your teaching to “stick” with your students?  Then you need them to practice their interpretation skills!  In this episode of the SparkChasers Podcast, we’ll explore why the Interpret phase of the Creative Process is what can make or break any actually learning that happens.  Plus, you don’t want to miss out on hearing what Mary Poppins and Julia Roberts have in common!


Pretty Woman opera scene with Julia Roberts

Saving Mr. Banks behind the scenes of the music

Creative Mindset Process Worksheet

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