Happy First Birthday imaginED

One year ago today imaginED published its very first blog post. (It was a post about a giant squid—an amazing creature worthy of our respect and admiration.) Today, imaginED has 130 posts that share resources, practices, and inspiration for imaginative educators of all kinds. The focus of imaginED continues to be on practices at all levels of education […]

Give Your Students This Set Of Imagination-Focused Tips For Report Writing

By Marlene Roseboom (MEd in Imaginative Education; Middle School Teacher)  As all teachers of writing know, assessing essays can take up incredible amounts of time. Recently, I went through a batch of Social Studies reports my middle school students had written, and as I read through them, I noted recurring common problems. Accordingly, I prepared […]

How Imaginative Education (IE) Tricked Us Into Teaching Atomic Physics…To Squirrely 7-Year-Olds

  By Brandon & Kristin Hendrickson (schoolsforhumans.org)       We thought that we understood the power of Imaginative Education (IE). We were wrong. Let’s back up — we’re a pair of educators! Kristin’s a Montessori teacher, and Brandon’s a high school humanities teacher. We’re not newbies to IE. We’ve been crafting our lessons with IE for years […]

A Better Way To Teach History

By Robin Ulster and James Denby (IdeaDriven.org) Those of us who teach history are, in a sense, magicians. We dedicate ourselves to conjuring and bringing to life events from the past – at times thousands of years old. The tools of our conjuring act are traditionally books, some websites, and the occasional movie or song. Oh, […]

Integrating Indigenous Worldviews Into Secondary Math Teaching

A Tribute To Susan Point By Christine Younghusband (Math Educator, Educational Consultant) One of my proudest moments as a mathematics teacher was embedding indigenous education and fine arts into my Math 8 course. This happened almost 10 years ago in 2008 when the Math 8/9 Integrated Resource Package was being implemented in BC (Canada) in […]

Employing Imagination In Mathematics To Achieve Success

By Fred Harwood (in a Math Coach role for a Grade 6-7 Math Club, @HarMath) My Teaching Background: I am known predominantly as a secondary mathematics educator. I took one year of teacher training after a BSc in Physics. I was hired 40 years ago to teach Science, Socials, Math and English (yes there were utility […]

Scientific Animations Need Stories To Engage Students

By Brian Dall Schyth, Ph.D. (@DallSchyth) A wealth of educational scientific animations can be found on the internet today[i]. But despite the often high quality of such animations, they may not always engage students in ways that support learning. Catching students’ attentions initially – what has often in the literature on the subject been called […]

The Emotions Tree: Building Emotional Vocabulary & A Sense of Classroom Community

A Cross-Curricular Grade One “Feelings” Unit By Lindsay Zebrowski (MEd in Imaginative Education, Kindergarten Teacher) Primary students are solidly engrossed in developing the literacy skills that will radically alter the ways they engage with the world. They are fascinated with reading, writing, and using a rapidly expanding bank of language and show genuine elation about […]

Put Engagement First: Think Differently About Your Students

[With Thanks! I was honoured to first publish this post on Robert Ward’s “Rewarding Education” Blog For Teachers And Parents.  See it here.] There’s a “new kid” on your block. Tilt your head a little more to the left—just there. See? Tucked in among all of the faces you easily recognize is one that’s unfamiliar. He doesn’t look […]

How Playful Thinking (& Reading) Can Improve Learning

By Fred Harwood (@HarMath) During the December 7 #imaginEDchat on PLAY, I sent a cluster of three tweets on an anecdote of play. While I tweeted one after another at the time, they were separated by the many tweets all the participants were contributing. To do justice to this particular defining moment in my life let […]

Queen of the Giants: A Narrative for Guiding Measurement Explorations Through Blogging in Early Primary

By Lindsay Zebrowski (MEd in Imaginative Education, Kindergarten Teacher) Look around the room. Which object do you think: is the longest? would cover the greatest area? would hold the most liquid? is the heaviest? The “Queen of the Giants” lesson is not one I sat down and consciously planned out with cognitive tools in mind. Its […]

Participatory Story-Telling: An Example For Social Studies

By Dr. Greg Lendvay Note: This post is a follow-up to Tell Stories And Unleash The Drama. It offers a specific example of how the use of dramatic, participatory story-telling can engage the imagination and support learning in the social studies curriculum.  The sample story entitled “The Haudenosaunee, People of the Longhouse” is available for download at the end of the […]

“I Love This Place!”

Fostering Authentic Learning Through Imaginative Engagement By Jolene McFadyen-Nein (Kindergarten Teacher) Three years ago I began teaching Kindergarten, after seven years working with older children. Each year my practice has evolved to better engage my young learners. If you have ever looked into the eyes of a four-year-old coming into Kindergarten, you can strongly sense their […]

Empathy Requires Imagination

Empathy  Inclusion  Acceptance  Kindness  Respect These are qualities we want our communities to exemplify. These are qualities we often seek to directly cultivate in our schools. Anti-bullying programs, multi-cultural clubs and policies supporting LGTBQ students, are examples of positive initiatives. They move us away from ignorance and towards greater understanding. While useful, I fear that […]

Trust And Potential: Growing Up Imaginative And Powerful

By Leone Payson (MEd in IE Student, BC Teacher) Becoming a student of Imaginative Education (IE) has changed my life, even down to my nighttime musings. You know the musings right? When your partner is asleep, snoring audibly, and you are not even thinking of sleep. The pillow is oddly warm, your legs are twitchy, […]