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! […]

Re-Imagining School Leadership: Beginnings

From: Griffiths, D. & Lowry, S. (Eds.). The Leader Reader: Narratives of Experience – An International Collection. (Word & Deed Publishing). Available Spring 2018. “That’s not a real word, Gillian.” I recently participated in a seminar on “student engagement” with new and experienced teachers, principals, vice-principals, and district-level educational leaders. We started with a basic ice-breaker activity. We […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]