Susan Riley | September 2015

SparkChasers Podcast: Connecting to Your Creative Genius

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Genius: everyone has one.  But it’s sometimes challenging to figure out where our genius zone is and how to access it. After all – most times as an educator, mother, or wife I’m not feeling like THAT much of a smarty-pants.  Oh how I wish I was!

In today’s episode of SparkChasers, we’re investigating how to find your creative genius and use it as the fuel to reignite your classroom.  And it’s not just about us as teachers.  It’s about how we can help our students find their own genius and share it with the world.  That means not just projects, but instead projects that make a meaningful difference in some way.  That leads to multiple layers of learning and that, my friends, can transform anyone.

We’re also taking time this episode to think about what happens after our students leave us and our cocoon of working through the creative process.  Will they use that process outside of our classrooms or will it just be a nice memory to share with their friends or children 10 or 20 years down the line?  In the end, the creative learning process is about so much more than our classrooms.  It’s about learning how to live a creative life.

Today’s episode is a bit longer than most – clocking in at 26 minutes! – but the big questions we explore is the very one that we constantly bump up against: “why the arts?”


Think It Up Telethon and fundraising drive

Advice on Living a Creative Life from Neil Gaiman

Weekly Art Challenges you can participate in from anywhere

The amazing Team Grundler and their #k12artchat challenges

The Musician’s Soul from Dr. James Jordan

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