King William I, The Conqueror…Of Great Writing!

By Tim Waddington One of the more vexing challenges in Social Studies education is teaching children how to write, you know, well. This post intends to support your thinking about what works, doesn’t work, and cannot work. In many lessons with a focus on writing, including those I abashedly confess are mine, one regularly sees the […]

The Power Of Imagination (III): Visualizations & Debate

Welcome to Part 3 in this mini-series on the Power of Imagination by Dr. Kevin Byron.  (Part One: Myths, Stories, & Thought Experiments ; Part Two: Abstractions, Analogy, Metaphor) Enjoy! Please leave a comment to continue the conversation. Seeing is Believing The boundary between our real and imaginary world has become more and more indistinct recently […]

The Power of Imagination (II): Abstractions, Analogy & Metaphor

Welcome back to this 3-part mini series entitled The Power of Imagination by Dr. Kevin Byron. In Part I, Kevin describes the connections between imagination and Myths, Stories, & Thought Experiments. In this post he discusses abstraction, analogy, and metaphor.  Enjoy! Knowing the Unknowable Abstraction concerns the mind’s extraordinary ability to think about ideas, principles and […]

Getting Outside In Higher Education cont.: Walking Curriculum (II)

Last week I described an idea I had for a walking-based Higher Education teaching activity. You can read it here. This post indicates how some of my #CreativeHE colleagues responded to the Walking Challenge that was part of our #CreativeHE conversation. I can only give you a glimpse of the variety of ways moving outside (physically and metaphorically) supports […]

The Power of Imagination (I): Myths, Stories, & Thought Experiments

A word of introduction… During World Creativity & Innovation Week 2018 I had the pleasure of moderating a week-long conversation on imagination with the Google+ Creative Higher Education (#CreativeHE) community. I ended the week with an electronic file overflowing (if such a thing is possible) with intriguing resources and reference on imagination and creativity. Dr. […]

Getting Outside In Higher Education: Walking Curriculum (I)

During World Creativity & Innovation Week (April 15-21, 2018) I had the pleasure of moderating a week-long conversation on imagination with the Google+ Creative Higher Education (#CreativeHE) community. My imaginative colleague Jailson Lima from Vanier College, Quebec, moderated with me. You can read the whole week of conversation on Google+ in the Creative Academic community […]

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 […]