Place Value And Really Big Numbers

Using Narrative and Heroic Qualities to Teach Place Value:  Practicing IE By Christa Rawlings (MEd in IE; Grade 6 Teacher) Note:  Are you familiar with Imaginative Education (IE)?  Learn more about IE here.  I am going to talk a lot about “cognitive tools” in this post.  Get more information on those in the  Tools of Imagination series.) I always gravitate […]

Teach Readers? Use These Tools To Fulfill Their Need For Adventure

Literacy Re-Wires The Imagination  The punchline: It simply doesn’t make sense to teach non-readers and readers the same way.  Their minds and imaginations work very differently.  They are employing different cognitive tools to make sense of the world.  Educators of readers (of any age), need to equip themselves with the tools of the literate mind to make whatever they […]

Tips For Imaginative Educators #14: Illuminate Extremes & Limits

Books like the Guinness Book of World Records or Ripley’s Believe it or Not don’t stay on the shelf for long.  Young people are often fascinated (obsessed) with the limits of experience and the extremes of reality, and these books reveal all the record-breaking aspects of the world. I recall leafing through our own home copy at about age 9 or 10, just […]

Aristotle And A Leather Jacket: An Example of Concept-Centered Teaching

The new BC Curriculum calls for the organization of learning around strong Concept Centres. Here’s an example of what that can look like in practice. By Dr. Tim Waddington S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders is a genuinely engaging novel for young readers. For those of you somehow unfamiliar – spoiler alert – the novel follows two groups of teens in […]

The Controversial Origins of The Encyclopedia

Did you hear? Thank you Addison Anderson for this great YouTube! Imaginative educators thank you, too. This is a gem.  History teachers…language teachers…teachers learning about Imaginative Education and Philosophic Understanding. Revolt and idealism, humanization, injustice, drama, extremes & limits of reality…20 million words (in the original encyclopedia, not this post! Don’t worry.) How some of the […]