The Lure Of Imaginative Education

By David Futter (Teacher, MED in Imaginative Education) At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, discovering Imaginative Education (IE) and the program of Learning In Depth rejuvenated my teaching. I had reached a point of believing a change of career was necessary. I felt frustrated by the paucity of students’ assignments, their lack of focus […]

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 […]

Evoke Curiosity And Stimulate Imagination With “Old Stuff”

March 2 is “Old Stuff Day”. Truthfully, I didn’t realize such a “day” existed. That said, the premise is a good one; it is a day worth celebrating. From what I have discovered about this holiday, “Old Stuff Day” (March 2) is meant to give us a chance to acknowledge what is unique and wonderful in the “stuff” […]

Do Elementary Students Need Time To Play?

By Holly Kline Education is always evolving. Teaching strategies, curriculums, and assessment methods are often re-evaluated for all grade levels. In particular, early childhood education goals have been discussed on a seemingly ongoing basis. As a result, movements have emerged that encourage reading in kindergarten plus other instructional standards that used to apply to older […]

Give LiD A Try?

By Jocelyn McIntosh (LiD Teacher, MEd in Imaginative Education) Alternative title:  Why there was a chicken in my classroom! The Learning in Depth, or LiD program, has been a part of my teaching practice for the past 3 years. I’ve implemented LiD with students in Grades 4-5 and Grades 1-2. Every year I am a LiD […]

An Argument For Imaginative Education

By Fred Harwood (@HarMath) I recently had an AHA moment about the importance of engaging imagination in education. I was typing up a blog about a lesson that involved developing empathy and changing students’ perspectives in mathematics. My aim was to increase students’ interest in others’ thinking and to increase the level of math talk […]

Tips For Imaginative Educators #18: Introduce General Theories & Anomalies

What does every theory have?  An anomaly. What’s more, it’s the anomalous nature of theory that generates learning and deep understanding for the philosophic thinker. (Are you new to the Tools of Imagination series? Get the whole set here. FYI: Tips #1-7 are fantastic with our youngest students, Tips #8-15 work very well for students from elementary through […]