Susan Riley | October 2015

PD Periscope: Secrets to a Successful STEAM Lesson from Start to Finish

Have you ever had that moment when everything went right in your lesson?  It was like clockwork – the students were excited, the content was rich, and everything just flowed from one area to the next.  Remember that?

Now…why doesn’t that happen every time?  That would make our life so much easier!  What I have found is that this kind of flow only happens when there is a specific and intentional sequence in place for planning, delivering and assessing our lesson.  It’s really not magic…it’s all about the system.  Once you get the 5-step system down, your lessons naturally go much more smoothly and will less stress on your part.

Does this mean that you’ll have a perfect lesson every time, like you’re the Martha Stewart of lesson creation?  Of course not.  We all still have lessons that flop – even with the best laid plans.  But this sequence DOES help you feel more confident in your lesson design and delivery, and it offers you the ability to refine and adjust more quickly.

Free Workshop with PD hours

Want to learn this 5-step sequence?  Join me for a free online workshop where I share it all with you, including the steps you need to take before collaborative planning, how to deliver your lesson with ease, and what to assess when it comes to an arts integration lesson.


In the meantime, I wanted to give you a sneak peek of just one part to a successful STEAM lesson in our PD Periscope today!  Watch this short scope for how I use pivot points to transition between the arts and content areas with ease during a lesson.  Plus, you really don’t want to miss the pre-party session at the beginning!

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