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 […]

Teaching The Story From Day One

By Ira Rabois I’d like to share with you what I learned from teaching a middle school class called ‘The Story From Day One,” which integrated mindfulness, visualization and inquiry exercises with the language arts curriculum. We often teach myths as merely literature, divorced from the cultural, spiritual, and historical context. But we pay a […]

Getting (Highschool) Kids Back Into The Sandbox: Imagination Matters

By Carla Cooper (High School Biology Teacher, MEd Student – Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Regina) Think back to the last time you played.  I mean, really played.  What were you doing?  How were you feeling?  Where were you?  There were so many lessons learned during that play.  Lessons that we have carried […]

There Is No Reason To Paint: The Human Obsession With Art (Middle/Highschool Teaching)

The Most Expensive Painting In The World Say the name Leonardo da Vinci to students over the age of ten here in Canada and many of them will know to whom you are referring. You may have to remind some of them that you are not referring to a certain Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, but […]