Cultivating Imagination And Creativity Through A Lifewide Curriculum

By Norman Jackson In this earlier post on imaginED I introduced the idea of lifewide learning and how such an inclusive concept of learning could be encouraged, supported and recognized through a lifewide curriculum. It is interesting to note that this concept emerged from the work I was doing in the early 2000’s to develop understandings […]

Lifewide Learning & Education: Why Are These Important Concepts For All Education Systems?

By Norman Jackson (Founder/Facilitator of Lifewide Education and Creative Higher Education) Everyone who works in the field of education is familiar with the concept of ‘lifelong learning’, the journey of learning and personal development we all make through the sequential stages of our life. Viewed at the scale of a life, for most people, formal […]

The Uses And Abuses Of “Constructivism” As A Pedagogical Concept

By Tim Waddington What’s in word? Quite a lot, it turns out. Sometime during the spring of 1597, William Shakespeare ironically stuffed the phrase “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” into the hopelessly smitten and abundantly naïve mouth of fair Juliet, thereby expressing the latter’s rather convenient indifference to her Romeo’s […]

The Scientific Imagination Process: Some Research & Analysis

(*Featured image by Norman Jackson) By Dr. Jenny Willis Whilst researching the theme of ‘Exploring Imagination in Learning, Education & Practice’ for Creative Academic Magazine #11, I was introduced to an impressive project that has been taking place for some years in Taiwan: an annual competition in secondary schools designed to develop the scientific imagination […]

LiD & The Library: Reflections From 3 Teacher-Librarians

If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has, at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.  (Vincent Van Gogh) In many schools, libraries are being renamed; their roles in the learning process are changing. The school library is increasingly being referred to as the “learning commons” to […]

Imagine: TEDx West Vancouver 2017 (II)

(Feature image credit: Mauricio Chandia) I shared the TEDx stage with many inspiring speakers on November 23, 2017 at TEDx West Vancouver.  I continue my TEDx mini-series on imaginED with two educators that highlight the beauty and wonder of Mathematics. Matt Trask: How To Spend A Math Education  So I’m willing to bet, that when you […]

Our DIY Classroom

By Carrie Antoniazzi (Grade 4/5 teacher; Wannabe astronaut) This September, as students returned to the classroom, so did I. I have spent the past 5 years as a District Teacher Mentor at the Conseil Scolaire Francophone (School District #93) working out of the school board office and travelling to support teachers in our 38 schools around […]

Forest Fridays: How Nature Can Boost Empathy, Imagination, And Well-Being

By Natalie Crowley (First Grade Teacher) I spent the first four years of my teaching career in urban public schools with rigorous academic schedules, high stakes testing, and extremely limited outdoor time. I loved my job and my students, but I grew frustrated by my first and second graders’ struggles to sit still, use their […]

Teaching Ethics To Adolescents: Imaginative Education In Action

By Adriana Grimaldo (Author, Educator, Graduate Student) In my experience, the profession of writing has to do with the ability to transform a series of images in our mind into words. It might sound crazy but, when I wrote Valles y Alturas, De Noche and Viento Austral, I had the feeling that I was seeing the […]

Learning In Depth Meets Imaginative Ecological Education

I recently* published an article in the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education that provides a rationale for in-depth and imaginative study as part of an ecological approach to teaching. In other words, Learning in Depth meets Imaginative Ecological Education!  (I say “recently” because the journal came out in 2017 but it is a 2015 volume!) […]

Creative Thinking In Math Classrooms

By Matthew Oldridge (Father, TEDx speaker, mathematics educator, and thinker.) When I was first thinking about mathematics as a critical and creative endeavour, I wrote this piece for The Learning Exchange (Ontario Ministry of Education) blog. It is upsetting that kids don’t see mathematics as a creative, living and vibrant subject. (Some don’t, at least.) […]

I’m A LiD Kid: I Study Pests

By Kristen Swaren (Grade 6 Student; LiD topic: Pests) Learning In Depth, or LiD, is a collaborative hour block every Tuesday at my school. Everyone has a topic. My topic is pests. Some people choose to work together, and some people choose to work alone. I am working alone because I feel it is better, because […]

#imaginED: Imagination Understood

Here is a very brief slideshow that aims to clarify what we mean by “imagination” in Imaginative Education.  Please SHARE if you value imagination too! All learners, all contexts.  Imagination matters.

Imagination and Coding: The Key to Unlocking The Real Power Of Code In Schools

“No matter how much a grown-up cares for you, sometimes they can’t really change how you feel inside or you could be too afraid to tell them that you are being bullied. I wanted to create an app where kids could solve that problem immediately.”           Melissa R, Grade 4 (View Melissa’s […]

Education As Adventure

By Ira Rabois As a child, I dreamed of being an adventurer. My parents traveled every year to different places and countries, and this stimulated my imagination. For me, college was not just a time to learn a profession or for intellectual study. It was an opportunity for the possibilities of life to reveal themselves […]