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!
So, what are your thoughts? Do you have any experiences with using interpretation as a way to make learning meaningful? What arts strategies do you think lend themselves best to this part of the process?
Pretty Woman opera scene with Julia Roberts
Saving Mr. Banks behind the scenes of the music
Creative Mindset Process Worksheet
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
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.