Susan Riley | December 2015

SmART Ideas: Just Change One

Looking for a great new way to move students into more rich and well-crafted writing?  Then this is one video tip you’re going to love!  This week, I’m sharing one of my favorite tweaks for composition – in ALL areas.  Because writing doesn’t have to mean traditional written word.  It can also be writing choreography, creating a musical composition, or organizing and creating a piece of artwork.

Our students can all fall into the trap of surface-level writing.  In today’s tip, I’ll show you how to get your students to just change one aspect of their work several times to make a big difference.

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Need this template?

just change one


How might you use this chart in your classroom?  What modifications might you make?  

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