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 […]

Dodging the Fall of Constantinople – Connecting Physical Education and Social Studies

Authors: Leah Tesan and Dr. Tim Waddington By now, Imaginative Education has well established this simple truism: at the core of any great lesson is an abundance of student engagement. An inquiry-based curriculum, such as those found in British Columbia, Ontario and a growing number of other educational contexts, provides teachers with the opportunity to […]

Terror on the Doomed Franklin Expedition – Using Authentic Assessment to Build Imaginative Historical Inquiry

By Sarah Allin and Les Miller (Contributing edits by: Dr. Tim Waddington) One of the great challenges in teaching social studies is to develop assessments that are both meaningful and engaging, rich in subject content while also imaginatively stimulating. As teachers in a Middle Years Program, we are always striving to do this well. Applying […]

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 […]

Story, Timelines and History Teaching in the Early Primary Years

By Kate Charette (Educator & PhD Candidate, University of New Brunswick) I first learned about Imaginative Education (IE) as an elementary school teacher doing my Masters degree. In the evenings after teaching my kindergarteners I would read about engaging students’ imaginations by shaping the curriculum as an exciting story much like a journalist would, rather […]