Imagining Our Way Into The Lives of Other Beings in Our Ecosystems

By Zuzana Vasko (PhD, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University; Artist) For me, one of the great values of imagination is that it affords us the ability to empathise with others.  It is a feat of imagination, after all, to understand what it might be like to be in the situation of another, to feel […]

#185DaysOfWalks

By Bela Luis (Grade 1/2 Multi-age Teacher, MEd student in Outdoor Learning) In the spring of 2017, I visited a small school named Brandt Argyle, just north of Winnipeg, Canada. I took many lessons away from that visit, but the one that resonated with me most was that of their daily morning walks. I decided […]

Naturally Inspired, Imaginative Writing: The Walking Curriculum & Intermediate Students

By Darcie Booth (Grade 5 Teacher/MEd Student in Imaginative Education) Why should intermediate teachers use the Walking Curriculum (Judson, 2018)? Simply stated, it emotionally connects your students to their natural surroundings and awakens their imaginations. The Walking Curriculum can inspire, improve and increase written output for your students’ creative writing. As a Grade 5 classroom […]

An Impact Story: Environmental Youth Alliance

By Emily Keller (Executive Director, Environmental Youth Alliance) “My favourite bird is an eagle, I’m seventeen, and I’m from the Siksika Nation in Alberta.” That’s Aviva Davis, a student at Cedar Walk alternate school. She’s also a participant in Wildlife Stewards, a new EYA pilot program engaging 10 Indigenous youth-in-care, their teacher, and two youth […]

Exploring Teacher Professionalism…Outside (The Walking Curriculum Strikes Again!)

Since The Walking Curriculum: Evoking Imagination & Developing Sense of Place (K-12) was published earlier this year, I’ve enjoyed learning about how educators are using the concepts with their students. The common denominator is this: Imagination- and inquiry-focused walking-based activities are radically changing the learning context for students. (If you happen to be on Twitter, […]