The Death Of Poetry

By Kieran Egan (Emeritus Professor of Education) In the beginning of human cultures, poets were the most important people in the society. They spun and sung the stories which told the people who they were and how they should behave. Homer was not merely a poet for the idle hours of the Greeks, but he […]

Tips For Imaginative Educators #16: Take Them Out of This World

The Lure of Abstraction It can be intoxicating to realize that a whole world of abstract ideas exists that can explain and help us interpret the world of our daily lives. If supported in thinking in theoretical ways, many of our senior students/adult learners quickly and thoroughly take to the powerful understanding of the world […]

Two OnLine Resources To Support Imaginative Language Teaching

Hi there! I’m Susan Lavallee and I teach 6th Grade English/Language Arts. I love integrating technology into my imaginative practice—I like to call myself the iPodTeacher! This post shares a few of my favourite language-teaching practices. The first is a resource for cross-curricular teaching that combines content knowledge with rhythm and rhyme. The second is an excellent […]

Teaching Poetry From The Inside Out

By Marlene Roseboom (Teacher, MEd in Imaginative Education) The question was recently put to me, seeing that April is poetry month, of how to use cognitive tools to teach poetry.  That’s a pretty easy question to answer, seeing as poetry has embedded within itself many cognitive tools. (Think, for example, of emotion, imagery, metaphor, and music […]