Not Just A Hamburger: Imaginative Education In Action

BEFORE YOU DIG IN…Why the monstrous hamburger? This post was originally a 5-minute presentation I delivered at #GetFed, an #EDVent in Vancouver hosted by @gabrielpillay1 (and his wonder-team) that had a “food” and “dining” theme. My topic: “Practices that feed the mind and nourish the imagination.” And so I chose to focus on a hamburger. My writing […]

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 […]

The Lure Of Imaginative Education

By David Futter (Teacher, MED in Imaginative Education) At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, discovering Imaginative Education (IE) and the program of Learning In Depth rejuvenated my teaching. I had reached a point of believing a change of career was necessary. I felt frustrated by the paucity of students’ assignments, their lack of focus […]

An Argument For Imaginative Education

By Fred Harwood (@HarMath) I recently had an AHA moment about the importance of engaging imagination in education. I was typing up a blog about a lesson that involved developing empathy and changing students’ perspectives in mathematics. My aim was to increase students’ interest in others’ thinking and to increase the level of math talk […]

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 […]

Happy First Birthday imaginED

One year ago today imaginED published its very first blog post. (It was a post about a giant squid—an amazing creature worthy of our respect and admiration.) Today, imaginED has 130 posts that share resources, practices, and inspiration for imaginative educators of all kinds. The focus of imaginED continues to be on practices at all levels of education […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Better Way To Teach History

By Robin Ulster and James Denby (IdeaDriven.org) Those of us who teach history are, in a sense, magicians. We dedicate ourselves to conjuring and bringing to life events from the past – at times thousands of years old. The tools of our conjuring act are traditionally books, some websites, and the occasional movie or song. Oh, […]

Employing Imagination In Mathematics To Achieve Success

By Fred Harwood (in a Math Coach role for a Grade 6-7 Math Club, @HarMath) My Teaching Background: I am known predominantly as a secondary mathematics educator. I took one year of teacher training after a BSc in Physics. I was hired 40 years ago to teach Science, Socials, Math and English (yes there were utility […]

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 […]

The Emotions Tree: Building Emotional Vocabulary & A Sense of Classroom Community

A Cross-Curricular Grade One “Feelings” Unit By Lindsay Zebrowski (MEd in Imaginative Education, Kindergarten Teacher) Primary students are solidly engrossed in developing the literacy skills that will radically alter the ways they engage with the world. They are fascinated with reading, writing, and using a rapidly expanding bank of language and show genuine elation about […]

Queen of the Giants: A Narrative for Guiding Measurement Explorations Through Blogging in Early Primary

By Lindsay Zebrowski (MEd in Imaginative Education, Kindergarten Teacher) Look around the room. Which object do you think: is the longest? would cover the greatest area? would hold the most liquid? is the heaviest? The “Queen of the Giants” lesson is not one I sat down and consciously planned out with cognitive tools in mind. Its […]

Participatory Story-Telling: An Example For Social Studies

By Dr. Greg Lendvay Note: This post is a follow-up to Tell Stories And Unleash The Drama. It offers a specific example of how the use of dramatic, participatory story-telling can engage the imagination and support learning in the social studies curriculum.  The sample story entitled “The Haudenosaunee, People of the Longhouse” is available for download at the end of the […]

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 […]