Tips For Imaginative Educators #18: Introduce General Theories & Anomalies

What does every theory have?  An anomaly. What’s more, it’s the anomalous nature of theory that generates learning and deep understanding for the philosophic thinker. (Are you new to the Tools of Imagination series? Get the whole set here. FYI: Tips #1-7 are fantastic with our youngest students, Tips #8-15 work very well for students from elementary through […]

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 […]

Put Engagement First: Think Differently About Your Students

[With Thanks! I was honoured to first publish this post on Robert Ward’s “Rewarding Education” Blog For Teachers And Parents.  See it here.] There’s a “new kid” on your block. Tilt your head a little more to the left—just there. See? Tucked in among all of the faces you easily recognize is one that’s unfamiliar. He doesn’t look […]

How Imagination Supports Teaching Adults English As A Foreign Language (EFL)

  By Carolina Lopez (MEd in Imaginative Education; Director/Founder Educación Imaginativa de México) I am a native Spanish speaker who trained as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor in Canada. I’ve been studying English since I was 6 years old and it has always been a part of my life. I live close to […]

Tips For Imaginative Educators #17: Employ a Meta-Narrative Structure

Story-Telling For Philosophic Thinkers If you’ve been following the TOOLS OF IMAGINATION SERIES you’ll know that there are many different tools we can employ with curricula to engage students. While these tools differ one from the other, a common thread connects them all. Every “cognitive tool” described—whether one that comes with the body, oral language, written […]

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 […]

Teach Readers? Use These Tools To Fulfill Their Need For Adventure

Literacy Re-Wires The Imagination  The punchline: It simply doesn’t make sense to teach non-readers and readers the same way.  Their minds and imaginations work very differently.  They are employing different cognitive tools to make sense of the world.  Educators of readers (of any age), need to equip themselves with the tools of the literate mind to make whatever they […]

Three Toolkits To Help Maximize Student Engagement

By Gillian Judson – Feelings and imagination are rarely associated with curriculum discussions, but addressing emotion can help with student engagement. Source: Three Toolkits To Help Maximize Student Engagement

Was Literacy Just A Phase?

By Dr. Tim Waddington If the cultural phenomenon of blogging has taught us one thing, surely it is that the old divide between producers and consumers of knowledge-content is growing increasingly irrelevant. However, if the cultural phenomenon of blogging has taught us two things, the ability to generate pithy, unjustifiable bombast as clickbait for a […]