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 […]

Join Me At CIRCE

growing engaged minds; imagining and making better worlds The Centre For Imagination In Research, Culture, and Education, or CIRCE [pronounced sur-see], has launched from Simon Fraser University! For those of you who were friends of the IERG (the Imaginative Education Research Group), the IERG is getting a major face-lift; it has been transformed into CIRCE! (Here’s […]

Empowering Engineers To Be Superheroes

By Glen Ellis (Professor of Engineering, Smith College, USA) I teach an advanced undergraduate engineering class in which students learn to use mathematical models to extract subtle trends from large, multivariate data sets–a topic often referred to as data mining.  It is a demanding class that can easily overwhelm and frustrate students. It’s even hard for […]