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 […]

Onederful Words

By Nimi Sidhu (Middle School teacher; MEd student in Imaginative Education) If I asked you today to trade in your name for one word that represents all you want to be, what word would you choose and why? This was the question that I asked my sixth graders in January of this year to set […]

Assessment: Why Are We All So Afraid?

By Dina Lenning (Grade 3/4 Montessori Public School Teacher; MEd student in Imaginative Education) As a teacher, assessment was always something I dreaded. I found it time consuming (too much marking!) and not as informative as I would have liked. As a student I had been petrified of assessment, not only because test anxiety is […]