Susan Riley| September 2015

SparkChasers Podcast: Evaluating the Creative Process

When all the “creating” in class ceases, the hard part begins.  Letting go of your work and preparing for the evaluation.  This can be a time of anxiety and worry, especially for our students.  They need the support and the tools to both help them accept and provide constructive feedback on creative work.

Unfortunately, we don’t spend enough time teaching how to provide critique.  So, our students (and who are we kidding – us, too) are caught in a cycle of fear, anxiety and worry over how their work will be both interpreted and evaluated by both the teachers and their peers.  Plus, if we ask them to provide feedback for others, the “uh…it was good” response is typically the most we get.

In today’s SparkChasers podcast, I’m sharing where to find the tools our students need and how to prepare them for this big leap.

Show Notes:

Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage and How to Dance with Fear

Research Paper on A Semantic Map for Evaluating Creativity

Assessing Creativity Rubrics from Educational Leadership

Arts Integration and Creativity Assessment Rubrics and Articles from IAS

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