My Teaching “Top 5”

Earlier this year I connected with other educators who like to blog. We came together over #sunchat, a Twitter-based Sunday morning chat. We called ourselves the #Sunchatbloggers! We provide each other with feedback and encouragement. Someone in the group suggested we all post on the same topic: our “Top 5”. Some people will post about strategies, […]

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Two OnLine Resources To Support Imaginative Language Teaching

Hi there! I’m Susan Lavallee and I teach 6th Grade English/Language Arts. I love integrating technology into my imaginative practice—I like to call myself the iPodTeacher! This post shares a few of my favourite language-teaching practices. The first is a resource for cross-curricular teaching that combines content knowledge with rhythm and rhyme. The second is an excellent […]

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A Cell-ebration Of Reading: A Science & Literacy Project

By Melissa Chouinard-Jahant (MSEd)  ‪@ChouinardJahant‪ The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination -Albert Einstein Learning about cells can be challenging for many students because cells are microscopic and seemingly intangible. A few years ago while teaching cells I decided to do something different than teaching about the standard cell model or cell factory. […]

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IERG News & Updates October 2016 Topics include: Imaginative Education: International Scene Celebrations! Collaborate With Us:  New Programs (Applications Now Open)  Connect OnLine: #imaginEDchat  Read about IE practice from imaginative educators around the galaxy Learning In Depth:  Updates and Support      Find out about the NEW LiDKiD sharing site      Hear from LiD teachers […]

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Calling All Second Language Teachers! What’s In Your Toolkit?

Songs, games, rhythm and rhyme, imagery, and the odd (and not-so-odd) joke are all tools that help us to learn. Dr. Kieran Egan calls these “cognitive tools”; they make knowledge meaningful by tying it up with emotion and imagination. I can tell you from personal experience (7 years as a French Second Language teacher) that […]

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Imaginative Education Brings Ecological Thinking To Life

By Dr. Jennifer M. Gidley    All education is the development of genius… The three factors of genius are the habit of action, the vivid imagination, and the discipline of judgment. (Alfred North Whitehead, 1916)   When we offer children a lifeless, stale education, we not only destroy their vitality, but we dumb them down. Through […]

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Imagination Matters

(Snippets from my recent post at Getting Smart: “Two Key Points For Understanding Imagination”) Here’s the odd thing… I have never actually met anyone who believes that being imaginative is a useless quality or that the imagination is a useless feature of the human mind. In reality, we constantly seem to acknowledge its importance. We want it […]


One Theme For The Entire Year?

Engaging The Philosophic Imagination:  Concept-Centered Teaching By Marlene Roseboom Since completing my studies in Imaginative Education (IE) some years back, I keep refining my curriculum to try to more effectively engage my students’ imaginations. This includes English 10, a course I have taught for several years. While I have already incorporated several separate IE units […]

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Teach Readers? Use These Tools To Fulfill Their Need For Adventure

Literacy Re-Wires The Imagination  The punchline: It simply doesn’t make sense to teach non-readers and readers the same way.  Their minds and imaginations work very differently.  They are employing different cognitive tools to make sense of the world.  Educators of readers (of any age), need to equip themselves with the tools of the literate mind to make whatever they […]

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  Learn How To Unleash The Power of Your Curriculum Workshops & Presenters Dr. Annabella Cant ELIEP.ca Wonderfully Connected Education: How To Prevent And Overcome Gaps In Early Childhood Education We, teachers, are privileged. We are some of the few adults who are still able to enjoy pure moments of wonder. We have not grown up by closing […]

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Guerilla Geography: Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education

By Thomas Larsen and Lisa Tabor Millsaps Greetings! We are Thomas Larsen and Lisa Tabor Millsaps, self-proclaimed guerilla geographers. Guerilla geography is a free-form approach to place-based education that encourages learners to be creative and unconventional in their exploration and understanding of their local environment by focusing largely on what is meaningful to them (Askins […]

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#imaginEDchat begins

What a rush! #imaginEDchat was a big success last night!  I am so pleased to meet imaginative educators around the galaxy and to start to build connections.   My “master plan” is to facilitate conversations about imagination that go deeper and, ultimately, to create a community where we can share resources and support each other’s imaginative work. Miss last […]

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Unleashing The Imagination In The Natural Sciences With The Visual Arts

(Featured Artwork:  “Quantum”) By Jailson Lima (Chemistry Department, Vanier College, Montreal, QC, Canada) Instructional strategies that are based on lecture, drill, and practice are commonly employed in traditional Chemistry courses to help students memorize collections of facts and procedures of increasing complexity. These strategies emphasize the acquisition of knowledge through the development of logical-mathematical skills […]

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Doing Learning In Depth (LiD): 10 Tips For Success

By Courtney Robertson  My Learning in Depth Journey I have always enjoyed the collaborative aspects of having a “buddy” class. Being a Kindergarten/Grade 1 teacher, I have been the younger buddy group in the pair, but have really enjoyed the many benefits of having a regularly scheduled buddy class. In the past I have done […]

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Expanding & Enriching Relationships in Place-Based Education

No matter the program or topic, the context or curriculum, relationships matter in education. Educators know this. We know that the creation of positive relationships amongst all members of the school community is a foundation for student success. We know, too, that love of learning stems from students’ forming emotional connections with knowledge; relationships born […]