Using Self-Assessment To Power Imagination And Creativity

By Katie White (Educational consultant, Author, Assessment Associate, & Art Instructor) In an earlier blog post, I discussed the necessity of assessment to propel imagination and creativity forward. I made the case that assessment, imagination, and creativity cannot live in isolation from each other. Rather, each makes the other better. “…the most successful individuals today are those […]

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 […]

Imagine: TEDx West Vancouver 2017 (IV)

(Feature image credit:  Mauricio Chandra) The last post in our TEDx West Vancouver mini-series contains 3 talks that exemplify that anything is possible. Optimism. Strength. Courage. Determination. Ingenuity. Enjoy!   Trevor Stokes: Running For Their Lives Synopsis: Running has become the most important component of my teaching practice. The commitment, dedication and sacrifice needed to succeed in long […]

Imagine: TEDx West Vancouver 2017 (III)

(Feature image credit: Mauricio Chandia) Our mini-series of inspiring TEDx West Vancouver talks continues! The three in this post all fit within a broad theme I am calling “Beyond Barriers, Boundaries, Beliefs”. Enjoy! Amy Burvall: Lessons From The Artists Synopsis: While everyone is both a work of art and an artist, not everyone thinks like […]

A Week Of Outside Learning: Students Share Their Experiences

On our week outside we went to the parks, did leaf rubbings, and played real hop scotch. And we played cats and mice with a parachute. It was so fun. We wish we could play it again. It was also fun to do yoga because the whole school was outside altogether in a circle. It was […]

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 […]

SLAM & The Story Of The Ancient Squash Seeds

By Christina Tran and Tye G. McIvor SLAM is the Sustainable Living Academy Manitoba program offered at West Kildonan Collegiate in the Seven Oaks School Division, in Manitoba, Canada. In SLAM our goal is to learn and become leaders of a sustainable future in all aspects. This means environmentally and culturally. As students, we worked […]

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. […]

Puddles And Biodiversity

By Chris Sweetman (Ecological Educator & Navigator Wannabe, UK)  On today’s walk I decided it would be a slow journey exploring the delights of Autumn – leaves, berries and puddles. For some reason as I wandered along pausing to take photographs my thoughts began to wonder what could live in these puddles. After watching The […]

Walking, Wonder, & Writing: Supporting Literacy Through Imaginative Place-Based Practices (Elementary)

Everything has a story. It was a glorious day—truly glorious. I had a sneaking suspicion that the teachers that chose my session entitled #getoutside: Resources For Cross-Curricular, Place-Based Learning In Your Schoolyard shared the same wish: they really wanted to #getoutside as well! This walkshop provided participants with the opportunity to play with some imagination-focused place-based teaching […]

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 […]

Deep Time Walk: A Powerful Tool To Connect With Life’s Story

“Walking… is how the body measures itself against the Earth”. (Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking) By Denise Curi Although I have a strong background in Science, since I have started practicing Yoga I have been looking for a more integrated and holistic approach to education, a way that does not separate body from head, […]