Tips For Imaginative Educators #19: Stimulate A Sense Of Agency

Welcome back to the Tools of Imagination Series—a set of posts offering cross-curricular resources and teaching strategies for maximizing student engagement and learning. This TIP in our series will be most effective with learners demonstrating a “philosophic” kind of understanding of the world but–as you will see at the end–it is not only for our oldest students. (Note: This […]

The Place Of Wildness And Wonder In Critical Thinking

By Ira Rabois What is critical thinking? One element of critical thinking that most everyone agrees on is “higher order thinking,” which includes evaluating the appropriateness of evidence, the truth of propositions, and the soundness of arguments. But is this enough? I think you need to add imagination, mindfulness and empathy, and to think of critical […]

Imagination and Coding: The Key to Unlocking The Real Power Of Code In Schools

“No matter how much a grown-up cares for you, sometimes they can’t really change how you feel inside or you could be too afraid to tell them that you are being bullied. I wanted to create an app where kids could solve that problem immediately.”           Melissa R, Grade 4 (View Melissa’s […]

Not Just A Hamburger: Imaginative Education In Action

BEFORE YOU DIG IN…Why the monstrous hamburger? This post was originally a 5-minute presentation I delivered at #GetFed, an #EDVent in Vancouver hosted by @gabrielpillay1 (and his wonder-team) that had a “food” and “dining” theme. My topic: “Practices that feed the mind and nourish the imagination.” And so I chose to focus on a hamburger. My writing […]

Education As Adventure

By Ira Rabois As a child, I dreamed of being an adventurer. My parents traveled every year to different places and countries, and this stimulated my imagination. For me, college was not just a time to learn a profession or for intellectual study. It was an opportunity for the possibilities of life to reveal themselves […]

Learning In Depth: We Are Thinkers, We Are Communicators, We Are Creators

By Tara Scott (Learning Assistance Teacher, Mar Jok Elementary School) Students in Grades K-6 at Mar Jok Elementary school In West Kelowna, B.C., Canada, are in their third year of Learning in Depth. Our school community comes together once a week for a common hour to wonder, explore, create, and think. This year, we are […]

Activeness: Engaging The Body Through Stillness

By Andrea Leeburn (MEd in IE/French Immersion Kindergarten Teacher) I decided to introduce some basic yoga poses to my kindergarten students as part of my Imaginative Ecological Education practice. Practicing yoga can support Activeness by enhancing students’ awareness of their bodies and engaging mental imagery (Judson, 2015, p. 50). I taught yoga once a week for 5 weeks, three […]

A Nature Walk With 22 Five-Year-Olds: Lessons Learned The Hard Way

By Andrea Leeburn (MEd in IE/French Immersion Kindergarten Teacher) *Note: This is the second post in a series that looks at  Imaginative Ecological Education practices with my Kindergarten students. As part of an Action Research, I designed a few activities with the intent of increasing Activeness among my students (Judson, 2015).  Click here to read about my students’ experience creating “nature’s perfume”. On this particular […]

Place-Based Education: Resources & Sources of Inspiration

Last year I was pleased to contribute two posts to a Place-Based Education Campaign initiated by Getting Smart. I wrote about Expanding And Enriching Relationships In Place-Based Education and Guidelines For Assessment In Place-Based Learning. The campaign is now finished and the three-part publication series is available for use by educators. I highly recommend you review/use these resources!  Part One: What is […]

Doing Imaginative Education Without Knowing It: Science Fair

By Clayton Stephens (MEd in IE/Elementary School Teacher) I had the opportunity recently to see some of the students from my school go to a district-wide science fair event. I had never really thought much of the science fair. I had always assumed it was all about the scientific process: finding an idea, testing a hypothesis, […]

Activeness: Engaging The Physical Senses In The Natural World

By Andrea Leeburn (MEd in IE/French Immersion Kindergarten Teacher) Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE) aims to engage body, emotion and imagination in the natural context in which students live and learn (Judson, 2015). IEE proposes three principles to support this aim. The second principle, Activeness, involves tapping into the body’s emotional and sensory tools in learning such […]

IERG News March 2017

Hello Imaginative Education colleagues! Let me start with an invitation. This IERG News update represents a sample of some the IE activity happening around the galaxy.  Please leave a comment below to share what you are doing with IE—or better yet, send me a direct message and we can include more detailed information on your imaginative work/research/practice […]

What Is Worth Knowing In Science?

By Judy Dabideen-Sonachansingh (MEd in IE, Chemistry Teacher) As a child, I questioned everything, much to the dismay of my father, to whom most of my questions were directed. He would often tell me to read a book on the topic of interest, but that would then lead to more questions. This curiosity developed an […]

The Death Of Poetry

By Kieran Egan (Emeritus Professor of Education) In the beginning of human cultures, poets were the most important people in the society. They spun and sung the stories which told the people who they were and how they should behave. Homer was not merely a poet for the idle hours of the Greeks, but he […]

Sketch Your Thinking

By Teresa Gross (Literacy Expert/Language & Literacy Teacher) As a Middle School Language and Literacy Teacher, I have always used “anchor charts” in my classroom. Anchor charts serve as “blueprints” of instruction with the main purpose being to develop independent thinkers, leaders and learners. I have always thought of them as a way of putting […]