Of Frogs and Fishes – Understanding Inquiry as a Pedagogical Method

By Rebecca Roman (with contributing edits by Dr. Tim Waddington)   I’m seven years old, playing in a shallow stream at the park. I’m about up to my knees and trying to catch frogs. I finally catch one, looking at its legs, touching its skin and hearing its plaintive cry. Rrrriiibit! My mom tells me to […]

Dialogue Series on Imagination in Research & Teaching

You are invited! Please join us for this seminar series on the multi-faceted nature of imagination. About The Series The Possible’s Slow Fuse is a scholarly dialogue series organized by the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture & Education (CIRCE) and the Research Hub of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Our 2019 series offers six stimulating […]

Effective Leaders Are Affective Leaders: Imagination’s Role

For S…you have guided my learning more than you know. We have all been there as teachers, sitting in a staff meeting and looking at student data that communicates where our collective learners are at. And for many of those staff meetings, we leave feeling down on ourselves and our practice. Our classrooms are full […]

Mission Possible: Shifting Our Leadership Lens to See Imagination

By Courtney Robertson (Vice-Principal, MEd in Imaginative Education) The role of being an administrative leader often feels like a complicated and impossible juggling act. Trying to keep all the different pieces “in the air” (e.g. functioning at the optimum level) can be a great challenge for even the most experienced leader. We envision supporting classrooms, […]

Centralizing Imagination in Museum Curriculum Design: A Black Odyssey

By Gillian Judson (Executive Director, Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education, CIRCE [pronounced sur-see]) In 2013 I employed the principles of Imaginative Education (IE) to design a curriculum guide for the Smithsonian Institution’s travelling exhibit Romare Bearden’s A Black Odyssey. The curriculum guide I created uses the cognitive tools of Imaginative Education to engage students […]