Reflections on the Imagination Champions Learning Series

By Cecily Heras (MEd student, SFU; Educator; Coordinator, Imagination Champions Learning Series) Just as the sun was setting with spectacular pinks and yellows on November 20, 15 K-12 educators from the Lower Mainland gathered for a fun, engaging, interactive, informative, and imaginative two hours. This was the first session in the Imagination Champions Professional Learning […]

The Think Tank Environment

By Holly BF Warren (Atelierista and creator of the Think Tank) The Think Tank (Warren, 2019) environment is a setting created to celebrate, stimulate, enhance and develop creativity through connections. It is designed by the students and the atelierista/art studio teacher. Initially inspired by Loris Malaguzzi’s educational approach, where the child freely expresses his/her ideas, interests, […]

What You Model, You Teach: The World is a Miraculous Place, If Only We Can Imagine It and Act to Make It So

By Ira Rabois One of the most important lessons a good teacher teaches, beyond the subject matter, is how to live a moment or a year of moments. On the first day of classes, you teach how to meet new people, how to start an endeavor, how to imagine what might be and yet be […]

The Brain Fit Super Power of the Month: Empathy

By Natalie Hunniford (Educator, Counsellor, author of the Brain Fit Tool Kit and creator of The Brain Fit Super Powers school program) Brain Fit Super Powers is a school wide program that I’ve created for schools to help enhance students’ mental health, overall well being, emotional and physical health, and academic achievement. The Super Power […]

At The Intersection of Science And Poetry

By Mary Soon Lee (Award-winning poet with a cryptic Twitter handle: @MarySoonLee) I read a great deal when I was growing up. I read in my backyard, in bed, at meals, on trains, while walking home from school. I read Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Gaskell, and James Herriott. I read short […]