Un-LiD-ing Creative Genius: Aufemina

By Judy Dabideen-Sonachansingh (MEd in IE; Retired Chemistry Teacher) Teaching teenagers is like growing a garden – hopeful, frustrating, body-shattering work, pure joy. My work as a high school Chemistry teacher has often brought to mind the ‘irresistible force meeting immovable object’ paradox, especially when trying to convince teenagers that a Learning in Depth project […]

Tapping Into The Imaginations Of Engineers

By Glenn Ellis (Professor of Engineering, Smith College, USA) The year is 1981 and it is the first day of my geotechnical engineering class. The professor enters the classroom and writes on the board: geotech—the dark arts of engineering! We were fascinated and eager to learn all about this magical topic. However, the magic quickly […]

What Is Worth Knowing In Science?

By Judy Dabideen-Sonachansingh (MEd in IE, Chemistry Teacher) As a child, I questioned everything, much to the dismay of my father, to whom most of my questions were directed. He would often tell me to read a book on the topic of interest, but that would then lead to more questions. This curiosity developed an […]

How Imaginative Education (IE) Tricked Us Into Teaching Atomic Physics…To Squirrely 7-Year-Olds

  By Brandon & Kristin Hendrickson (schoolsforhumans.org)       We thought that we understood the power of Imaginative Education (IE). We were wrong. Let’s back up — we’re a pair of educators! Kristin’s a Montessori teacher, and Brandon’s a high school humanities teacher. We’re not newbies to IE. We’ve been crafting our lessons with IE for years […]

Scientific Animations Need Stories To Engage Students

By Brian Dall Schyth, Ph.D. (@DallSchyth) A wealth of educational scientific animations can be found on the internet today[i]. But despite the often high quality of such animations, they may not always engage students in ways that support learning. Catching students’ attentions initially – what has often in the literature on the subject been called […]

How Playful Thinking (& Reading) Can Improve Learning

By Fred Harwood (@HarMath) During the December 7 #imaginEDchat on PLAY, I sent a cluster of three tweets on an anecdote of play. While I tweeted one after another at the time, they were separated by the many tweets all the participants were contributing. To do justice to this particular defining moment in my life let […]

Bringing 21st Century Electrons To A High School Near You

By Judy Dabideen-Sonachansingh Science is messy and complicated and full of errors. This is both the beauty and frustration of a cannon of human understanding that sometimes defies understanding; irony at its finest. It is in the messiness of Science that we have made some glorious discoveries that fill us with joy, wonder and perplexity. […]

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 […]

A Cell-ebration Of Reading: A Science & Literacy Project

By Melissa Chouinard-Jahant (MSEd)  ‪@ChouinardJahant‪ The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination -Albert Einstein Learning about cells can be challenging for many students because cells are microscopic and seemingly intangible. A few years ago while teaching cells I decided to do something different than teaching about the standard cell model or cell factory. […]

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IERG News & Updates October 2016 Topics include: Imaginative Education: International Scene Celebrations! Collaborate With Us:  New Programs (Applications Now Open)  Connect OnLine: #imaginEDchat  Read about IE practice from imaginative educators around the galaxy Learning In Depth:  Updates and Support      Find out about the NEW LiDKiD sharing site      Hear from LiD teachers […]

Unleashing The Imagination In The Natural Sciences With The Visual Arts

(Featured Artwork:  “Quantum”) By Jailson Lima (Chemistry Department, Vanier College, Montreal, QC, Canada) Instructional strategies that are based on lecture, drill, and practice are commonly employed in traditional Chemistry courses to help students memorize collections of facts and procedures of increasing complexity. These strategies emphasize the acquisition of knowledge through the development of logical-mathematical skills […]

Tips For Imaginative Educators #11: Engage Their Inner Rebel

My eldest daughter will soon be a teenager. While I’m very eager to see where these years will take her, I’m also slightly apprehensive about what’s coming. Should I run for the hills? Install deadbolts on the doors? Sign up for some extra therapy sessions?  Adolescence contains the makings for a perfect storm. At a time when young people are establishing a sense […]

Tips For Imaginative Educators: #8 Seek Heroic Qualities

The world is full of heroes. Some of our heroes are people that exemplify qualities such as ingenuity, flexibility, agility, determination, or reliability.  For example, we are impressed by the extraordinary speed and strength of basketball player Lebron James or the extraordinary agility and accuracy of soccer player Lionel Messi.  We are awestruck by the perceptiveness and intelligence of scientist Marie Curie. […]

4 Resources All Imaginative Science (CHEMISTRY) Teachers Need

I love collecting teaching resources for imaginED. Not only am I learning a ton in the process, but when I find good stuff I am left so totally engaged that I feel like running over to my neighbour’s house and telling the entire family about the wonder of BORON or the MOLE. This is, of course, IMAGINATIVE EDUCATION […]

Calling All Imaginative (Science) Teachers!

To whom did Einstein acknowledge he owed his thoughts on relativity? Who is considered to be the unsung hero of British Science? James Clerk Maxwell This article is packed with scientific concepts tied up with cognitive tools:  humanization of meaning, the literate eye, sense of mystery, revolt and idealism… (P.S.  New to “cognitive tools” language:  Learn […]