Oddly enough…writing poetry can feel like doing ballet in a phone booth.

Poetry. Boring? Government. Ordinary? Math. Lifeless? We think not. I had the pleasure this week of working with a diverse group of 42 secondary school teachers. They came from many different schools and taught a range of topics in Grades 8-12. The session was entitled Emotion At The Helm Engaging Emotions and Imaginations in The […]

Taming Worry Dragons: Engaging Imagination To Treat Anxiety

By Dr. Sandra Clark, Psychologist I have been working with anxious children and teens for over 20 years and have been impressed with how well they use their imaginations both in maintaining anxiety and in reducing it! The power of imagination, use of metaphor, heroic quests, story telling, and play are essential to helping anxious […]

Starting The School Year With Imaginative Education (IE) In Mind

By Courtney Robertson (Vice-Principal/Teacher/MEd in IE) Here we are at the forefront of yet another school year! Many of us will have nervous tummies, restless nights, worries and excited moments in the coming days as we prepare to return to our classrooms and teaching loads. Amidst all of these different emotions come the reality that […]

Incorporating Art In The Science Curriculum

By Jailson Lima (Chemistry Department, Vanier College, Montreal, QC) I have been teaching chemistry to science students at Vanier College both in pre-university and career programs for the past 17 years. Since 2009, I have also taught History and Methodology of Science, a mandatory, fourth-semester course that is part of Vanier’s Liberal Arts program. From the […]

Un-LiD-ing Creative Genius: Aufemina

By Judy Dabideen-Sonachansingh (MEd in IE; Retired Chemistry Teacher) Teaching teenagers is like growing a garden – hopeful, frustrating, body-shattering work, pure joy. My work as a high school Chemistry teacher has often brought to mind the ‘irresistible force meeting immovable object’ paradox, especially when trying to convince teenagers that a Learning in Depth project […]

Pirate Soccer! Imagination Gets Active In Physical Education

By Dr. Tim Waddington Walk any sideline on a mid-October Saturday morning and they’ll all tell you… watching your kids at mini-soccer is an easy conduit to happiness. Everywhere you look, you’ll see a field of shiny uniforms and happy flushed faces, representing teams with intimidating names like the Spiders, Vipers, Thunder and Tornados. With […]

Re-Imagining Online Teaching & Learning: A Cognitive Tools Approach

By Matthew J. Kruger-Ross, PhD (Assistant Professor, Educational Technology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania) I regularly teach an online graduate courses for educators on teaching and learning online. Unfortunately, almost every version of the course that I’ve taught or seen begins with the assumption that we can take what we know about teaching in the physical classroom and […]

Tapping Into The Imaginations Of Engineers

By Glenn Ellis (Professor of Engineering, Smith College, USA) The year is 1981 and it is the first day of my geotechnical engineering class. The professor enters the classroom and writes on the board: geotech—the dark arts of engineering! We were fascinated and eager to learn all about this magical topic. However, the magic quickly […]

Teaching Ethics To Adolescents: Imaginative Education In Action

By Adriana Grimaldo (Author, Educator, Graduate Student) In my experience, the profession of writing has to do with the ability to transform a series of images in our mind into words. It might sound crazy but, when I wrote Valles y Alturas, De Noche and Viento Austral, I had the feeling that I was seeing the […]

Look Out! A Spontaneous Eruption Of Cognitive Tools!

By Dr. Tim Waddington   **DISCLAIMER** You are not going to make it all the way through to the end of this blog, guaranteed! Anyone with even limited teaching experience will attest that the following scenario is true, … can feel true, … has the unsolicited air of ‘truthiness’ lurking about it. Every teacher, even […]

Creative Thinking In Math Classrooms

By Matthew Oldridge (Father, TEDx speaker, mathematics educator, and thinker.) When I was first thinking about mathematics as a critical and creative endeavour, I wrote this piece for The Learning Exchange (Ontario Ministry of Education) blog. It is upsetting that kids don’t see mathematics as a creative, living and vibrant subject. (Some don’t, at least.) […]

#imaginED: Imagination Understood

Here is a very brief slideshow that aims to clarify what we mean by “imagination” in Imaginative Education.  Please SHARE if you value imagination too! All learners, all contexts.  Imagination matters.

‘All Real Living is Meeting’: Using The Cognitive Tools Of Imaginative Education To Teach Culture To Second Language Learners

By Greta Visscher-Pau (Secondary FSL Teacher)         It’s 2020, and you are on a train. You carry nothing but a backpack, filled with clothes, toiletries and a guidebook explaining how to get from A to B. As you wait for the train to pull out from the station, a smiling person walks […]

Playing In The Fields Of Mars

By Jailson Lima (Chemistry Professor, Vanier College, Montreal, QC, Canada) Playfulness is crucial in setting the mood for exploring creativity and imagination. In my History of Science course (which is mandatory in the Liberal Arts program at Vanier College) we study the evolution of science going from Aristotelian cosmology to Newtonian Physics, and then to Einstein’s view […]