Exploring Teacher Professionalism…Outside (The Walking Curriculum Strikes Again!)

Since The Walking Curriculum: Evoking Imagination & Developing Sense of Place (K-12) was published earlier this year, I’ve enjoyed learning about how educators are using the concepts with their students. The common denominator is this: Imagination- and inquiry-focused walking-based activities are radically changing the learning context for students. (If you happen to be on Twitter, […]

We Walk: Reflections On Student Learning And Engagement

By Miss Genny (Grade 1 & 2 Multiage Classroom Teacher) Sit Spots at the Pond It is amazing what happens when you sit still and listen. Today we decided to take a mindful minute out at the pond. We found a spot to sit and agreed to be as peaceful and calm as we could […]

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 […]

Walk The Talk

By Lidor Wyssocky (@LidorWyssocky, @seempli) No, it’s not an error… A long, long time ago, in a different lifetime, maybe even on a different planet, I used to walk to school and back every day. It wasn’t common back then for parents to give their kids a ride to school, the distance didn’t justify a school bus […]

Imaginative Art Activities for The Walking Curriculum

Author & Artist: Adelle Caunce Playing in the Muck and Other Art Activities: Imaginative Art Activities for The Walking Curriculum is designed to go with The Walking Curriculum (Judson, 2018). It contains fun, art-based activities that correspond directly with 30 of the walking themes (e.g. The Vertical World Walk, The Growth Walk, The Lovely/Unlovely Walk etc.). The activities are […]

Getting Outside In Higher Education cont.: Walking Curriculum (II)

Last week I described an idea I had for a walking-based Higher Education teaching activity. You can read it here. This post indicates how some of my #CreativeHE colleagues responded to the Walking Challenge that was part of our #CreativeHE conversation. I can only give you a glimpse of the variety of ways moving outside (physically and metaphorically) supports […]

Taking Senior Science Classes Outside With Purpose

By April McKnight (rilmcknight.com) I am a high school STEAM teacher and I believe in making Science and Math fun. We have thrown out the textbooks and we apply a design process to our classroom activities. I am always looking for ideas to try with my classes that are cross-curricular and keep the students engaged. […]

Getting Outside In Higher Education: Walking Curriculum (I)

During World Creativity & Innovation Week (April 15-21, 2018) I had the pleasure of moderating a week-long conversation on imagination with the Google+ Creative Higher Education (#CreativeHE) community. My imaginative colleague Jailson Lima from Vanier College, Quebec, moderated with me. You can read the whole week of conversation on Google+ in the Creative Academic community […]

imaginED Collaborates With Outdoor Classroom Day!

I am really pleased to announce that imaginED is collaborating with the Outdoor Classroom Day initiative!  Expect to see our imagination-focused outdoor learning activities (like the Walking Curriculum resource) shared on their network and information on the Outdoor Classroom Day initiative shared here. Read on to learn about this great event. Believe in the power of outdoor […]

We Walk: Reflections On The Walking Curriculum

By Dina Lenning (Grade 3/4 Montessori teacher, MEd student in Imaginative Education) I recently tried the “Surfaces Walk” from the Walking Curriculum with my students. It was a great learning experience for all of us. Here are a few of my reflections. My colleague and I first gathered our two classes in my room. I spoke to […]

Your Free Walking Curriculum Journal: My Place, My Collections

“Don’t worry, they aren’t hoarders.” How’s that for a catchy title? I published a post in 2017 reassuring readers that their children’s/students’ seeming obsession with collecting things should not cause alarm.  Indeed, an interest in collecting is completely normal. No need for an intervention! The post outlined the imaginative interest that children (and adults) often […]

A Week Of Outside Learning: Students Share Their Experiences

On our week outside we went to the parks, did leaf rubbings, and played real hop scotch. And we played cats and mice with a parachute. It was so fun. We wish we could play it again. It was also fun to do yoga because the whole school was outside altogether in a circle. It was […]

Puddles And Biodiversity

By Chris Sweetman (Ecological Educator & Navigator Wannabe, UK)  On today’s walk I decided it would be a slow journey exploring the delights of Autumn – leaves, berries and puddles. For some reason as I wandered along pausing to take photographs my thoughts began to wonder what could live in these puddles. After watching The […]

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, […]