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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Literacy And Driving In Screws With A Hammer

Guest Post:  Dr. Kieran Egan Driving in screws with a hammer You could, of course, drive in a screw with a hammer, but it’s hard work and in the process you will destroy the gripping power of the screw, and in the end you will have an ineffective result. A poor worker who does such […]