Activeness: Engaging The Body Through Stillness

By Andrea Leeburn (MEd in IE/French Immersion Kindergarten Teacher) I decided to introduce some basic yoga poses to my kindergarten students as part of my Imaginative Ecological Education practice. Practicing yoga can support Activeness by enhancing students’ awareness of their bodies and engaging mental imagery (Judson, 2015, p. 50). I taught yoga once a week for 5 weeks, three […]

A Nature Walk With 22 Five-Year-Olds: Lessons Learned The Hard Way

By Andrea Leeburn (MEd in IE/French Immersion Kindergarten Teacher) *Note: This is the second post in a series that looks at  Imaginative Ecological Education practices with my Kindergarten students. As part of an Action Research, I designed a few activities with the intent of increasing Activeness among my students (Judson, 2015).  Click here to read about my students’ experience creating “nature’s perfume”. On this particular […]

Place-Based Education: Resources & Sources of Inspiration

Last year I was pleased to contribute two posts to a Place-Based Education Campaign initiated by Getting Smart. I wrote about Expanding And Enriching Relationships In Place-Based Education and Guidelines For Assessment In Place-Based Learning. The campaign is now finished and the three-part publication series is available for use by educators. I highly recommend you review/use these resources!  Part One: What is […]

Activeness: Engaging The Physical Senses In The Natural World

By Andrea Leeburn (MEd in IE/French Immersion Kindergarten Teacher) Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE) aims to engage body, emotion and imagination in the natural context in which students live and learn (Judson, 2015). IEE proposes three principles to support this aim. The second principle, Activeness, involves tapping into the body’s emotional and sensory tools in learning such […]

Evoke Curiosity And Stimulate Imagination With “Old Stuff”

March 2 is “Old Stuff Day”. Truthfully, I didn’t realize such a “day” existed. That said, the premise is a good one; it is a day worth celebrating. From what I have discovered about this holiday, “Old Stuff Day” (March 2) is meant to give us a chance to acknowledge what is unique and wonderful in the “stuff” […]

“I Love This Place!”

Fostering Authentic Learning Through Imaginative Engagement By Jolene McFadyen-Nein (Kindergarten Teacher) Three years ago I began teaching Kindergarten, after seven years working with older children. Each year my practice has evolved to better engage my young learners. If you have ever looked into the eyes of a four-year-old coming into Kindergarten, you can strongly sense their […]

A Magical Teaching Moment

I love receiving feedback from educators about their imaginative ecological teaching practices!  Recently I heard about one teacher’s success using the Walking Curriculum. Carrie Lundy teaches a multi-age Grade 3/4 class at Governor Semple school in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She recently took her students to Assiniboine Park on a field trip for a program called A River Runs Through It. The […]

Guidelines For Assessment Of Place-Based Learning

I’m really pleased to be a part of the Place-Based Education (PBE) Thought Leadership Campaign at GettingSmart.  My first contribution to the campaign looked at the role of imagination and relationships in PBE; read it here. This post is about assessment in the context of place-based and imaginative learning: Assessment of learning is a complex and sensitive process.  In the context of […]

Imaginative Education Brings Ecological Thinking To Life

By Dr. Jennifer M. Gidley    All education is the development of genius… The three factors of genius are the habit of action, the vivid imagination, and the discipline of judgment. (Alfred North Whitehead, 1916)   When we offer children a lifeless, stale education, we not only destroy their vitality, but we dumb them down. Through […]

Guerilla Geography: Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education

By Thomas Larsen and Lisa Tabor Millsaps Greetings! We are Thomas Larsen and Lisa Tabor Millsaps, self-proclaimed guerilla geographers. Guerilla geography is a free-form approach to place-based education that encourages learners to be creative and unconventional in their exploration and understanding of their local environment by focusing largely on what is meaningful to them (Askins […]

Expanding & Enriching Relationships in Place-Based Education

No matter the program or topic, the context or curriculum, relationships matter in education. Educators know this. We know that the creation of positive relationships amongst all members of the school community is a foundation for student success. We know, too, that love of learning stems from students’ forming emotional connections with knowledge; relationships born […]

The Not-So-Humble Pigeon

(This is a recent addition to our Eco-Story Project.  If you want to engage your students’ sense of wonder at the awesomeness of the community of life in which they live then read more about the cross-curricular and cross-grade approach to teaching called Imaginative Ecological Education.  Be sure to download the colouring page at the end!) Yeah, you […]

The Walking Curriculum Colouring Page!

Here’s a fun little thing to do at home and think about when you’re taking part in the Walking Curriculum. See if you can spot some interesting critters in here as you colour the page and watch for them outside as you walk or sit alone. What shapes are common? Any patterns? How many acorns […]

Feeling, Activeness, & Place: An Eco-Imaginative Pedagogy

This is a short presentation that provides a rationale for Feeling, Activeness, and Place to serve as guiding ecological education principles. I describe why employing these principles for teaching all subjects (Imaginative Ecological Education) can re-align the means and ends of eco education. I do apologize for the film quality–and the bad jokes–but I think it is useful and adds to […]

Walk It Out! Walking Curriculum (Part 9)

The Walking Curriculum (Part 9)   #imaginED #IEE This walking-based curriculum is for all educators.  Anyone, any place. Whoever you are, you can connect the natural world in your local community or schoolyard with the content of the curriculum. The walking themes provided below will engage students of all ages. Decide which would be most suitable for your students–all activities can be modified.  Then, get outside! Each walking […]