My God, It’s Full Of Stories

By David Futter (Retired IE Teacher, MED in IE alumni) On a lazy Sunday afternoon in my local coffee shop, I was reading Thomas King’s book, The Truth about Stories, in which he observed, “The truth about stories is, that’s all we are.” Contemplate this thought, the phrase, “My God, it’s full of stars!” popped […]

Re-Imagining School Leadership With Cognitive Tools

What is the role of imagination in educational leadership? How does it fuel innovation and creativity and how do we maximize it? How can the imagination deepen school leaders’ understanding of educational issues? How can the imagination support the generation of new ideas in educational leadership? How can school leaders employ tools of imagination to […]

LiD & The Library: Reflections From 3 Teacher-Librarians

If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has, at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.  (Vincent Van Gogh) In many schools, libraries are being renamed; their roles in the learning process are changing. The school library is increasingly being referred to as the “learning commons” to […]

Using Self-Assessment To Power Imagination And Creativity

By Katie White (Educational consultant, Author, Assessment Associate, & Art Instructor) In an earlier blog post, I discussed the necessity of assessment to propel imagination and creativity forward. I made the case that assessment, imagination, and creativity cannot live in isolation from each other. Rather, each makes the other better. “…the most successful individuals today are those […]

Using Uno’s Story to Teach Graphing to Grade 3/4s

By Ed Ezzie (Grade 3/4 Teacher, Australia) To teach graphing this week I used the stunning text Uno’s Garden (2006) by Graeme Base. The text basically shows how as the number of people and buildings increase in Uno’s garden the number of plants and animals decrease. However, this story does much more than show data! […]

A Week Of Outside Learning: Winter Edition

Carrie Lundy (Governor Semple Elementary School, 7 Oaks School Division, Manitoba) Highlights from Room 7: On our week outside we walked to K.P. Park to go cross-country skiing. We all took turns skiing, most of us for the first time! We spent a lot of time playing in the snow using our Snow Saws. We […]

IERG News Update: February 2018

Welcome Message From Dr. Mark Fettes Dear IERG friends and colleagues, Wherever we find ourselves these days, a glance around confirms how much the world is in need of “education that connects.” Bridging old animosities and divides, re-grounding students in the places and ecosystems where they live, tracing the links between person and planet – […]

Re-Imagining School Leadership: Beginnings

From: Griffiths, D. & Lowry, S. (Eds.). The Leader Reader: Narratives of Experience – An International Collection. (Word & Deed Publishing). Available Spring 2018. “That’s not a real word, Gillian.” I recently participated in a seminar on “student engagement” with new and experienced teachers, principals, vice-principals, and district-level educational leaders. We started with a basic ice-breaker activity. We […]

Evoking Feelings for Fractions, Photosynthesis, & Forces

(This post was recently published on the Nexus Education blog) We don’t talk much about feelings in education. There are many reasons for that, but I think one of the most important is that many people don’t see what feelings have to do with “serious” learning—that is, the serious learning of the 5-year-old making sense of colour, the […]

We Walk: Reflections On The Walking Curriculum

By Dina Lenning (Grade 3/4 Montessori teacher, MEd student in Imaginative Education) I recently tried the “Surfaces Walk” from the Walking Curriculum with my students. It was a great learning experience for all of us. Here are a few of my reflections. My colleague and I first gathered our two classes in my room. I spoke to […]

You Tell Me…What’s Next?

Dear imaginED readers/supporters–and contributors! imaginED was created just over two years ago. Honestly, it’s a bit of a blur for me. A steep learning curve, lots of writing, but also lots of fun. I am really pleased by the wide range of topics, ideas, resources, and insights we have been able to offer educators (PreK-Higher Education). […]

Your Free Walking Curriculum Journal: My Place, My Collections

“Don’t worry, they aren’t hoarders.” How’s that for a catchy title? I published a post in 2017 reassuring readers that their children’s/students’ seeming obsession with collecting things should not cause alarm.  Indeed, an interest in collecting is completely normal. No need for an intervention! The post outlined the imaginative interest that children (and adults) often […]

Imagine: TEDx West Vancouver 2017 (IV)

(Feature image credit:  Mauricio Chandra) The last post in our TEDx West Vancouver mini-series contains 3 talks that exemplify that anything is possible. Optimism. Strength. Courage. Determination. Ingenuity. Enjoy!   Trevor Stokes: Running For Their Lives Synopsis: Running has become the most important component of my teaching practice. The commitment, dedication and sacrifice needed to succeed in long […]

Imagine: TEDx West Vancouver 2017 (III)

(Feature image credit: Mauricio Chandia) Our mini-series of inspiring TEDx West Vancouver talks continues! The three in this post all fit within a broad theme I am calling “Beyond Barriers, Boundaries, Beliefs”. Enjoy! Amy Burvall: Lessons From The Artists Synopsis: While everyone is both a work of art and an artist, not everyone thinks like […]

A Week Of Outside Learning: Students Share Their Experiences

On our week outside we went to the parks, did leaf rubbings, and played real hop scotch. And we played cats and mice with a parachute. It was so fun. We wish we could play it again. It was also fun to do yoga because the whole school was outside altogether in a circle. It was […]