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 […]

Tips For Imaginative Educators #19: Stimulate A Sense Of Agency

Welcome back to the Tools of Imagination Series—a set of posts offering cross-curricular resources and teaching strategies for maximizing student engagement and learning. This TIP in our series will be most effective with learners demonstrating a “philosophic” kind of understanding of the world but–as you will see at the end–it is not only for our oldest students. (Note: This […]

Learning In Depth: We Are Thinkers, We Are Communicators, We Are Creators

By Tara Scott (Learning Assistance Teacher, Mar Jok Elementary School) Students in Grades K-6 at Mar Jok Elementary school In West Kelowna, B.C., Canada, are in their third year of Learning in Depth. Our school community comes together once a week for a common hour to wonder, explore, create, and think. This year, we are […]

Place-Based Education: Resources & Sources of Inspiration

Last year I was pleased to contribute two posts to a Place-Based Education Campaign initiated by Getting Smart. I wrote about Expanding And Enriching Relationships In Place-Based Education and Guidelines For Assessment In Place-Based Learning. The campaign is now finished and the three-part publication series is available for use by educators. I highly recommend you review/use these resources!  Part One: What is […]

Do Elementary Students Need Time To Play?

By Holly Kline Education is always evolving. Teaching strategies, curriculums, and assessment methods are often re-evaluated for all grade levels. In particular, early childhood education goals have been discussed on a seemingly ongoing basis. As a result, movements have emerged that encourage reading in kindergarten plus other instructional standards that used to apply to older […]

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 […]

Recommendations For Running A Successful Learning In Depth Program In Your School

By Ian Thomas (Deputy Headteacher, Great Torrington Bluecoat Primary School, North Devon, UK) At Great Torrington Bluecoat Primary School (GTB), students follow a broad program of study designed to maximize creativity, critical and collaborative thinking, global awareness, and depth of learning. One feature of their rich and diverse educational experience is the Learning in Depth […]

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 […]

Empathy Requires Imagination

Empathy  Inclusion  Acceptance  Kindness  Respect These are qualities we want our communities to exemplify. These are qualities we often seek to directly cultivate in our schools. Anti-bullying programs, multi-cultural clubs and policies supporting LGTBQ students, are examples of positive initiatives. They move us away from ignorance and towards greater understanding. While useful, I fear that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bringing 21st Century Electrons To A High School Near You

By Judy Dabideen-Sonachansingh Science is messy and complicated and full of errors. This is both the beauty and frustration of a cannon of human understanding that sometimes defies understanding; irony at its finest. It is in the messiness of Science that we have made some glorious discoveries that fill us with joy, wonder and perplexity. […]

The Selfish Teacher

By Christa Rawlings (MEd in Imaginative Education; Grade 6 Teacher) 5 years into my teaching degree I was bored. Bored, bored, bored. I could not believe that I had spent so much time, effort and money getting into a career that I found dull already.   I was very tempted to abandon teaching altogether and find […]

Guidelines For Assessment Of Place-Based Learning

I’m really pleased to be a part of the Place-Based Education (PBE) Thought Leadership Campaign at GettingSmart.  My first contribution to the campaign looked at the role of imagination and relationships in PBE; read it here. This post is about assessment in the context of place-based and imaginative learning: Assessment of learning is a complex and sensitive process.  In the context of […]