Is Mr. Norris’ Classroom on Fire? How Context Transformation Enriches Engagement  

By Justin Norris (Imaginative educator whose classroom could double as an attraction at Universal Studios @JustinEdmond) Ever since I got my first set of Batman action figures as a child, I thought of my eyeballs as the movie cameras, and my bedroom as the movie set. In order to give Batman a legitimate Batcave, I had to […]

King William I, The Conqueror…Of Great Writing!

By Tim Waddington One of the more vexing challenges in Social Studies education is teaching children how to write, you know, well. This post intends to support your thinking about what works, doesn’t work, and cannot work. In many lessons with a focus on writing, including those I abashedly confess are mine, one regularly sees the […]

Sketch Your Thinking

By Teresa Gross (Literacy Expert/Language & Literacy Teacher) As a Middle School Language and Literacy Teacher, I have always used “anchor charts” in my classroom. Anchor charts serve as “blueprints” of instruction with the main purpose being to develop independent thinkers, leaders and learners. I have always thought of them as a way of putting […]

Give Your Students This Set Of Imagination-Focused Tips For Report Writing

By Marlene Roseboom (MEd in Imaginative Education; Middle School Teacher)  As all teachers of writing know, assessing essays can take up incredible amounts of time. Recently, I went through a batch of Social Studies reports my middle school students had written, and as I read through them, I noted recurring common problems. Accordingly, I prepared […]

The Wonder of Sounds: An Imaginative Approach To Teaching Phonetics

By Andrea Leeburn (IE MEd Student; French Immersion/FSL Teacher, Victoria, B.C.) As a second language teacher, I employ different “cognitive tools”, or tools of the imagination, to make language learning more engaging for my students and for myself. This approach is called Imaginative Education and it centralizes students’ emotions in teaching. In this unit on […]