My God, It’s Full Of Stories

By David Futter (Retired IE Teacher, MED in IE alumni) On a lazy Sunday afternoon in my local coffee shop, I was reading Thomas King’s book, The Truth about Stories, in which he observed, “The truth about stories is, that’s all we are.” Contemplate this thought, the phrase, “My God, it’s full of stars!” popped […]

Re-Imagining School Leadership With Cognitive Tools

What is the role of imagination in educational leadership? How does it fuel innovation and creativity and how do we maximize it? How can the imagination deepen school leaders’ understanding of educational issues? How can the imagination support the generation of new ideas in educational leadership? How can school leaders employ tools of imagination to […]

Using Uno’s Story to Teach Graphing to Grade 3/4s

By Ed Ezzie (Grade 3/4 Teacher, Australia) To teach graphing this week I used the stunning text Uno’s Garden (2006) by Graeme Base. The text basically shows how as the number of people and buildings increase in Uno’s garden the number of plants and animals decrease. However, this story does much more than show data! […]

IERG News Update: February 2018

Welcome Message From Dr. Mark Fettes Dear IERG friends and colleagues, Wherever we find ourselves these days, a glance around confirms how much the world is in need of “education that connects.” Bridging old animosities and divides, re-grounding students in the places and ecosystems where they live, tracing the links between person and planet – […]

Evoking Feelings for Fractions, Photosynthesis, & Forces

(This post was recently published on the Nexus Education blog) We don’t talk much about feelings in education. There are many reasons for that, but I think one of the most important is that many people don’t see what feelings have to do with “serious” learning—that is, the serious learning of the 5-year-old making sense of colour, the […]

Once Upon A Time…A Story Of Learning Through Leading

Being a “newish” administrator in an elementary school is a continually daunting task. You are attempting to learn the role of an educational leader, while at the same time managing the administrative tasks that go along with the role. It really becomes a precarious balancing act which many new administrators can struggle with. Being an […]

You Tell Me…What’s Next?

Dear imaginED readers/supporters–and contributors! imaginED was created just over two years ago. Honestly, it’s a bit of a blur for me. A steep learning curve, lots of writing, but also lots of fun. I am really pleased by the wide range of topics, ideas, resources, and insights we have been able to offer educators (PreK-Higher Education). […]

Author of the Month: Humanize & Engage

By Jocelyn McIntosh    Many children and adults alike know very little about the authors of the books they read. On the back or the cover of a book there might be a picture of the author and a short paragraph about that author, but usually not much else.  What if we help our students to […]

Imaginative Education Hits The Airwaves: Tune Into voicEd.ca

Over the next few months you can tune into voicEdradio.ca to hear from Imaginative Educators about their imaginative practices (PreK-Higher Education).  Learn how cognitive tools can increase engagement in your classroom. Learn about different programs from the Imaginative Education Research Group. We kicked off the Imagination Matters series on November 14. Enjoy this introduction to […]

Imagine: TEDx West Vancouver 2017 (II)

(Feature image credit: Mauricio Chandia) I shared the TEDx stage with many inspiring speakers on November 23, 2017 at TEDx West Vancouver.  I continue my TEDx mini-series on imaginED with two educators that highlight the beauty and wonder of Mathematics. Matt Trask: How To Spend A Math Education  So I’m willing to bet, that when you […]

Unit Planning With Imaginative Education (IE)

By Leone Payson (Imaginative Educator & Mentor, MEd in IE) Discussing my Master’s degree with other educators occasionally leaves me feeling like I’ve poorly represented IE. I spin into soliloquies of awe and Vygotsky and Plato’s cave… and I’ve lost them. I would hope this isn’t anything to do with me being an inadequate speaker. […]

Imagine: TEDx West Vancouver 2017

I took to the TEDx stage September 23, 2017 to talk about how I am–and you are–a perfinker.  Knowing this about human beings matters a great deal when it comes to education. My talk was entitled Engage Emotion, Engage Imagination: Cognitive Tools At Work A synopsis: Human beings are emotional and imaginative; they feel and envision possibilities. […]

Using Cognitive Tools To Create Imaginative Classroom Spaces

Can the cognitive tools of imagination help shape how we actually organize our classrooms? Can cognitive tools help make classroom displays more engaging? I think so!  Please leave your thoughts–I’d love to hear from you. Click here to read my article in the  UKEdChat Magazine (June, 2017).

How To Engage Our Imaginations As Educators

By Carolina López (MEd in Imaginative Education; Director/Co-Founder Educación Imaginativa de México) The role of imagination in education wasn’t always a topic as popular as it is becoming today. Educators around the world are being proactive about engaging students’ imaginations in learning. But I think we’ve been delaying the conversation about the importance of developing teachers’ […]

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 […]