Walking, Wonder, & Writing: Supporting Literacy Through Imaginative Place-Based Practices (Elementary)

Everything has a story. It was a glorious day—truly glorious. I had a sneaking suspicion that the teachers that chose my session entitled #getoutside: Resources For Cross-Curricular, Place-Based Learning In Your Schoolyard shared the same wish: they really wanted to #getoutside as well! This walkshop provided participants with the opportunity to play with some imagination-focused place-based teaching […]

Deep Time Walk: A Powerful Tool To Connect With Life’s Story

“Walking… is how the body measures itself against the Earth”. (Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking) By Denise Curi Although I have a strong background in Science, since I have started practicing Yoga I have been looking for a more integrated and holistic approach to education, a way that does not separate body from head, […]

A Walkshop With Teachers: Cross-Curricular Walking Activities For High School Students

This past week I spent a super day with the staff at North Surrey Secondary School (B.C., Canada) investigating various aspects of student engagement. In the afternoon we focused on the Walking Curriculum and ways walking-based activities could be used to take a more Place-based approach to teaching. I asked the educators to get outside walking. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Walking Curriculum (#10): Evoke Wonder And Develop Sense of Place (K-12)

I’m pleased to announce that the Walking Curriculum is expanding! Coming soon: Resources for secondary school students that look at issues of “walkability”, social justice, and community development. So please stay tuned! This set of walks and resources (Set #10) was suggested by the awesome teachers in Surrey, B.C., Canada, who participated in a “#getoutside” […]

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 […]

“I Love This Place!”

Fostering Authentic Learning Through Imaginative Engagement By Jolene McFadyen-Nein (Kindergarten Teacher) Three years ago I began teaching Kindergarten, after seven years working with older children. Each year my practice has evolved to better engage my young learners. If you have ever looked into the eyes of a four-year-old coming into Kindergarten, you can strongly sense their […]

A Magical Teaching Moment

I love receiving feedback from educators about their imaginative ecological teaching practices!  Recently I heard about one teacher’s success using the Walking Curriculum. Carrie Lundy teaches a multi-age Grade 3/4 class at Governor Semple school in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She recently took her students to Assiniboine Park on a field trip for a program called A River Runs Through It. The […]

The Walking Curriculum Colouring Page!

Here’s a fun little thing to do at home and think about when you’re taking part in the Walking Curriculum. See if you can spot some interesting critters in here as you colour the page and watch for them outside as you walk or sit alone. What shapes are common? Any patterns? How many acorns […]

Walk It Out! Walking Curriculum (Part 9)

The Walking Curriculum (Part 9)   #imaginED #IEE This walking-based curriculum is for all educators.  Anyone, any place. Whoever you are, you can connect the natural world in your local community or schoolyard with the content of the curriculum. The walking themes provided below will engage students of all ages. Decide which would be most suitable for your students–all activities can be modified.  Then, get outside! Each walking […]

A Warp Speed Intro to Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE)

And that’s a very warp speed introduction to IEE.  Stay tuned for a short workshop video on the principles and their importance for your ecological teaching.  And, as always, enjoy the FREE resources on this blog:  Walking Curriculum, Cultivating Curiosity, Learning To Live Attentively in a Media Mad World, A Worm/Soil Study and more!  More information is also […]

Walking Curriculum (Part 8): Connecting With Place K-12

Welcome to imaginED! This walking-based curriculum is for all educators.  Anyone, any place. Whoever you are, you can connect the natural world in your local community or schoolyard with the content of the curriculum. The walking themes provided below will engage students of all ages. Decide which would be most suitable for your students–all activities can be modified.  Then, get outside! Are you NEW to the WALKING CURRICULUM? […]

A Walking Curriculum (Part 7): Get Outside!

Combine walking and learning. Make multiple cross-curricular connections. Get outside. Welcome to imaginED! This walking-based curriculum is for all educators.  Anyone, any place. Whoever you are, you can connect the natural world in your local community or schoolyard with the content of the curriculum. The 5 walking themes provided below will get your students studying history, exploring movement, playing with space and, well, thinking like […]