Cultivating Imagination And Creativity Through A Lifewide Curriculum

By Norman Jackson In this earlier post on imaginED I introduced the idea of lifewide learning and how such an inclusive concept of learning could be encouraged, supported and recognized through a lifewide curriculum. It is interesting to note that this concept emerged from the work I was doing in the early 2000’s to develop understandings […]

Exploring Teacher Professionalism…Outside (The Walking Curriculum Strikes Again!)

Since The Walking Curriculum: Evoking Imagination & Developing Sense of Place (K-12) was published earlier this year, I’ve enjoyed learning about how educators are using the concepts with their students. The common denominator is this: Imagination- and inquiry-focused walking-based activities are radically changing the learning context for students. (If you happen to be on Twitter, […]

King William I, The Conqueror…Of Great Writing!

By Tim Waddington One of the more vexing challenges in Social Studies education is teaching children how to write, you know, well. This post intends to support your thinking about what works, doesn’t work, and cannot work. In many lessons with a focus on writing, including those I abashedly confess are mine, one regularly sees the […]

We Walk: Reflections On Student Learning And Engagement

By Miss Genny (Grade 1 & 2 Multiage Classroom Teacher) Sit Spots at the Pond It is amazing what happens when you sit still and listen. Today we decided to take a mindful minute out at the pond. We found a spot to sit and agreed to be as peaceful and calm as we could […]

Curiosity Sprung From Trees: Tales Of The Grove

By Susan Bertoia (Professional theatre artist/devisor, actor, director and teacher.) Centre stage was a mound of 100s of sheets of crumpled newspaper, and as the lights faded to indicate the show was beginning, the mound began to move. Creeping sounds filled the space and performers created a live soundscape of the forest floor. I am […]

Lifewide Learning & Education: Why Are These Important Concepts For All Education Systems?

By Norman Jackson (Founder/Facilitator of Lifewide Education and Creative Higher Education) Everyone who works in the field of education is familiar with the concept of ‘lifelong learning’, the journey of learning and personal development we all make through the sequential stages of our life. Viewed at the scale of a life, for most people, formal […]

The Power Of Imagination (III): Visualizations & Debate

Welcome to Part 3 in this mini-series on the Power of Imagination by Dr. Kevin Byron.  (Part One: Myths, Stories, & Thought Experiments ; Part Two: Abstractions, Analogy, Metaphor) Enjoy! Please leave a comment to continue the conversation. Seeing is Believing The boundary between our real and imaginary world has become more and more indistinct recently […]

The Uses And Abuses Of “Constructivism” As A Pedagogical Concept

By Tim Waddington What’s in word? Quite a lot, it turns out. Sometime during the spring of 1597, William Shakespeare ironically stuffed the phrase “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” into the hopelessly smitten and abundantly naïve mouth of fair Juliet, thereby expressing the latter’s rather convenient indifference to her Romeo’s […]

The Power of Imagination (II): Abstractions, Analogy & Metaphor

Welcome back to this 3-part mini series entitled The Power of Imagination by Dr. Kevin Byron. In Part I, Kevin describes the connections between imagination and Myths, Stories, & Thought Experiments. In this post he discusses abstraction, analogy, and metaphor.  Enjoy! Knowing the Unknowable Abstraction concerns the mind’s extraordinary ability to think about ideas, principles and […]

Walk The Talk

By Lidor Wyssocky (@LidorWyssocky, @seempli) No, it’s not an error… A long, long time ago, in a different lifetime, maybe even on a different planet, I used to walk to school and back every day. It wasn’t common back then for parents to give their kids a ride to school, the distance didn’t justify a school bus […]

Imaginative Art Activities for The Walking Curriculum

Author & Artist: Adelle Caunce Playing in the Muck and Other Art Activities: Imaginative Art Activities for The Walking Curriculum is designed to go with The Walking Curriculum (Judson, 2018). It contains fun, art-based activities that correspond directly with 30 of the walking themes (e.g. The Vertical World Walk, The Growth Walk, The Lovely/Unlovely Walk etc.). The activities are […]

The Scientific Imagination Process: Some Research & Analysis

(*Featured image by Norman Jackson) By Dr. Jenny Willis Whilst researching the theme of ‘Exploring Imagination in Learning, Education & Practice’ for Creative Academic Magazine #11, I was introduced to an impressive project that has been taking place for some years in Taiwan: an annual competition in secondary schools designed to develop the scientific imagination […]

LiD International: Update on Learning In Depth Programs In Busan, South Korea

Dr. Hoy-Yong Kim, Dean of Education at Pusan University, South Korea, was recently in Vancouver with some of his colleagues from Pusan University. We had the pleasure of meeting with them and hearing about the LiD programs in Busan, South Korea. What follows is a brief update on their LiD work. While the full extent […]

Getting Outside In Higher Education cont.: Walking Curriculum (II)

Last week I described an idea I had for a walking-based Higher Education teaching activity. You can read it here. This post indicates how some of my #CreativeHE colleagues responded to the Walking Challenge that was part of our #CreativeHE conversation. I can only give you a glimpse of the variety of ways moving outside (physically and metaphorically) supports […]