The Power of Imagination (I): Myths, Stories, & Thought Experiments

A word of introduction… During World Creativity & Innovation Week 2018 I had the pleasure of moderating a week-long conversation on imagination with the Google+ Creative Higher Education (#CreativeHE) community. I ended the week with an electronic file overflowing (if such a thing is possible) with intriguing resources and reference on imagination and creativity. Dr. […]

Taking Senior Science Classes Outside With Purpose

By April McKnight (rilmcknight.com) I am a high school STEAM teacher and I believe in making Science and Math fun. We have thrown out the textbooks and we apply a design process to our classroom activities. I am always looking for ideas to try with my classes that are cross-curricular and keep the students engaged. […]

Six String Nation: Connecting A Nation With Imagination & Song

By Jowi Taylor (www.sixstringnation.com) I am not a teacher or an academic or an educational expert in any way. But the Six String Nation project has taken me into hundreds of schools across Canada to give presentations to audiences of students from about Grade four up through middle and high school. I have presented to […]

Getting Outside In Higher Education: Walking Curriculum (I)

During World Creativity & Innovation Week (April 15-21, 2018) I had the pleasure of moderating a week-long conversation on imagination with the Google+ Creative Higher Education (#CreativeHE) community. My imaginative colleague Jailson Lima from Vanier College, Quebec, moderated with me. You can read the whole week of conversation on Google+ in the Creative Academic community […]

imaginED Collaborates With Outdoor Classroom Day!

I am really pleased to announce that imaginED is collaborating with the Outdoor Classroom Day initiative!  Expect to see our imagination-focused outdoor learning activities (like the Walking Curriculum resource) shared on their network and information on the Outdoor Classroom Day initiative shared here. Read on to learn about this great event. Believe in the power of outdoor […]

4th Annual Learning in Depth (LiD) Open House

By Tara Scott (LiD teacher/facilitator) Mar Jok Elementary school recently celebrated its 4thyear of wondering, exploring and learning through LiD with an annual school community showcase. Ryan and Kaydn ~ Electricity and Oceans Questions surrounding how students are going to communicate their learning begin to surface at this time and students have, in the past, […]

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! […]

Outdoor Learning At Governor Semple School: Winter 2017 & Spring 2018

Carrie Lundy (Governor Semple Elementary School, 7 Oaks School Division, Manitoba) Highlights from Room 7 WINTER 2017: 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 […]

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 […]