Starting The School Year With Imaginative Education (IE) In Mind

By Courtney Robertson (Vice-Principal/Teacher/MEd in IE) Here we are at the forefront of yet another school year! Many of us will have nervous tummies, restless nights, worries and excited moments in the coming days as we prepare to return to our classrooms and teaching loads. Amidst all of these different emotions come the reality that […]

Engaging High School Students In Place & Community: Walking Curriculum (Part 3)

“What is this walking? …What is it about walking that helps with learning, teaching, writing, education, and more?” (Hotton, 2015). Walking With Secondary Students  The Walking Curriculum offers learning activities designed to simultaneously develop students’ sense of place and to enrich their understanding of cross-curricular topics and core competencies. It reflects principles and practices of Imaginative Ecological […]

Un-LiD-ing Creative Genius: Aufemina

By Judy Dabideen-Sonachansingh (MEd in IE; Retired Chemistry Teacher) Teaching teenagers is like growing a garden – hopeful, frustrating, body-shattering work, pure joy. My work as a high school Chemistry teacher has often brought to mind the ‘irresistible force meeting immovable object’ paradox, especially when trying to convince teenagers that a Learning in Depth project […]

Re-Imagining Online Teaching & Learning: A Cognitive Tools Approach

By Matthew J. Kruger-Ross, PhD (Assistant Professor, Educational Technology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania) I regularly teach an online graduate courses for educators on teaching and learning online. Unfortunately, almost every version of the course that I’ve taught or seen begins with the assumption that we can take what we know about teaching in the physical classroom and […]

Tapping Into The Imaginations Of Engineers

By Glenn Ellis (Professor of Engineering, Smith College, USA) The year is 1981 and it is the first day of my geotechnical engineering class. The professor enters the classroom and writes on the board: geotech—the dark arts of engineering! We were fascinated and eager to learn all about this magical topic. However, the magic quickly […]

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 […]

Look Out! A Spontaneous Eruption Of Cognitive Tools!

By Dr. Tim Waddington   **DISCLAIMER** You are not going to make it all the way through to the end of this blog, guaranteed! Anyone with even limited teaching experience will attest that the following scenario is true, … can feel true, … has the unsolicited air of ‘truthiness’ lurking about it. Every teacher, even […]

Engaging High School Students In Place & Community: Walking Curriculum (Part 2)

“People have long harboured a touch of disdain toward walking.” (Rubinstein, 2015, p. 96) Walking With Secondary Students The Walking Curriculum offers learning activities designed to simultaneously develop students’ sense of place and to enrich their understanding of cross-curricular topics and core competencies. It reflects principles and practices of Imaginative Ecological Education bringing engagement of the body, imagination and […]

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 […]

Engage Your High School Students In Place & Community: Walking Curriculum (Part 1)

Walk more. Anywhere. (Rubinstein, 2015, p. 251) Walking With High School Students  The Walking Curriculum offers learning activities designed to simultaneously develop your students’ sense of place and to enrich their understanding of cross-curricular topics and core competencies. Walking curriculum activities reflect the principles and practices of Imaginative Ecological Education as they connect engagement of the body, imagination and the local […]

‘All Real Living is Meeting’: Using The Cognitive Tools Of Imaginative Education To Teach Culture To Second Language Learners

By Greta Visscher-Pau (Secondary FSL Teacher)         It’s 2020, and you are on a train. You carry nothing but a backpack, filled with clothes, toiletries and a guidebook explaining how to get from A to B. As you wait for the train to pull out from the station, a smiling person walks […]

Adventure In Our Own Backyard: Fostering Sense of Place in Early Years Education

By Jolene McFadyen-Nein (Kindergarten Teacher) Working in a school that is nestled in the heart of our community has sparked my interest in Place-Based learning. Many of my students live close by, but have very little understanding of the place in which they live. I have pushed to ensure that my students have emotional ties […]

Playing In The Fields Of Mars

By Jailson Lima (Chemistry Professor, Vanier College, Montreal, QC, Canada) Playfulness is crucial in setting the mood for exploring creativity and imagination. In my History of Science course (which is mandatory in the Liberal Arts program at Vanier College) we study the evolution of science going from Aristotelian cosmology to Newtonian Physics, and then to Einstein’s view […]