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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is Imaginative Ecological Education? #IEE

Human beings are not refrigerators. Industrial metaphors continue to shape the way we talk and think about education.  This is a problem. Why?  Because there’s no way approaches to teaching/planning that are inspired by factories and assembly lines can support ecological understanding–that sense of one’s implicatedness in all life and the care and concern to do something […]

A Walking Curriculum: Supporting Learning Through Focused Walking (K-12)

Walking Curriculum: Sample Walks New to the Walking Curriculum? Find out more here.  These walking-focused learning activities are for all educators.  As you teach curriculum topics, you can engage students with the natural world in your community or schoolyard. Each walking theme is followed by at least one imagination-focused question, challenge, or activity.  These prompts are all tools in the imaginative educator’s […]