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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

SLAM & The Story Of The Ancient Squash Seeds

By Christina Tran and Tye G. McIvor SLAM is the Sustainable Living Academy Manitoba program offered at West Kildonan Collegiate in the Seven Oaks School Division, in Manitoba, Canada. In SLAM our goal is to learn and become leaders of a sustainable future in all aspects. This means environmentally and culturally. As students, we worked […]

Puddles And Biodiversity

By Chris Sweetman (Ecological Educator & Navigator Wannabe, UK)  On today’s walk I decided it would be a slow journey exploring the delights of Autumn – leaves, berries and puddles. For some reason as I wandered along pausing to take photographs my thoughts began to wonder what could live in these puddles. After watching The […]

Walking, Wonder, & Writing: Supporting Literacy Through Imaginative Place-Based Practices (Elementary)

Everything has a story. It was a glorious day—truly glorious. I had a sneaking suspicion that the teachers that chose my session entitled #getoutside: Resources For Cross-Curricular, Place-Based Learning In Your Schoolyard shared the same wish: they really wanted to #getoutside as well! This walkshop provided participants with the opportunity to play with some imagination-focused place-based teaching […]

Deep Time Walk: A Powerful Tool To Connect With Life’s Story

“Walking… is how the body measures itself against the Earth”. (Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking) By Denise Curi Although I have a strong background in Science, since I have started practicing Yoga I have been looking for a more integrated and holistic approach to education, a way that does not separate body from head, […]

A Conversation Circle: Working With Our Hands & Engaging In Dialogue #WEEC2017

The last two days I attended and presented at the 9th Annual World Environmental Education Conference (#WEEC2017) in Vancouver, B.C. I want to write about one session that I found incredibly engaging–it left me feeling inspired and curious. The session was entitled Weaving Conversation Circles for New Understandings. Sharon Kallis and Rebecca Graham facilitated the […]