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 […]

Evoke Curiosity And Stimulate Imagination With “Old Stuff”

March 2 is “Old Stuff Day”. Truthfully, I didn’t realize such a “day” existed. That said, the premise is a good one; it is a day worth celebrating. From what I have discovered about this holiday, “Old Stuff Day” (March 2) is meant to give us a chance to acknowledge what is unique and wonderful in the “stuff” […]

The Lure Of Imaginative Education

By David Futter (Teacher, MED in Imaginative Education) At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, discovering Imaginative Education (IE) and the program of Learning In Depth rejuvenated my teaching. I had reached a point of believing a change of career was necessary. I felt frustrated by the paucity of students’ assignments, their lack of focus […]

Queen of the Giants: A Narrative for Guiding Measurement Explorations Through Blogging in Early Primary

By Lindsay Zebrowski (MEd in Imaginative Education, Kindergarten Teacher) Look around the room. Which object do you think: is the longest? would cover the greatest area? would hold the most liquid? is the heaviest? The “Queen of the Giants” lesson is not one I sat down and consciously planned out with cognitive tools in mind. Its […]

Participatory Story-Telling: An Example For Social Studies

By Dr. Greg Lendvay Note: This post is a follow-up to Tell Stories And Unleash The Drama. It offers a specific example of how the use of dramatic, participatory story-telling can engage the imagination and support learning in the social studies curriculum.  The sample story entitled “The Haudenosaunee, People of the Longhouse” is available for download at the end of the […]

“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 […]

Empathy Requires Imagination

Empathy  Inclusion  Acceptance  Kindness  Respect These are qualities we want our communities to exemplify. These are qualities we often seek to directly cultivate in our schools. Anti-bullying programs, multi-cultural clubs and policies supporting LGTBQ students, are examples of positive initiatives. They move us away from ignorance and towards greater understanding. While useful, I fear that […]

Trust And Potential: Growing Up Imaginative And Powerful

By Leone Payson (MEd in IE Student, BC Teacher) Becoming a student of Imaginative Education (IE) has changed my life, even down to my nighttime musings. You know the musings right? When your partner is asleep, snoring audibly, and you are not even thinking of sleep. The pillow is oddly warm, your legs are twitchy, […]

The Wonder of Sounds: An Imaginative Approach To Teaching Phonetics

By Andrea Leeburn (IE MEd Student; French Immersion/FSL Teacher, Victoria, B.C.) As a second language teacher, I employ different “cognitive tools”, or tools of the imagination, to make language learning more engaging for my students and for myself. This approach is called Imaginative Education and it centralizes students’ emotions in teaching. In this unit on […]

Talking Images

Imagery can turn a curriculum outcome or dry piece of info into a vital part of a fascinating, compelling story — Kate Charette (@kate_charette) Last night #imaginEDchat was all about IMAGERY. More than 35 educators from all over the planet spent an hour discussing the power of imagery for learning. Here are few snap shots of the discussion–notice the […]

Calling All Second Language Teachers! What’s In Your Toolkit?

Songs, games, rhythm and rhyme, imagery, and the odd (and not-so-odd) joke are all tools that help us to learn. Dr. Kieran Egan calls these “cognitive tools”; they make knowledge meaningful by tying it up with emotion and imagination. I can tell you from personal experience (7 years as a French Second Language teacher) that […]

Imaginative Education Brings Ecological Thinking To Life

By Dr. Jennifer M. Gidley    All education is the development of genius… The three factors of genius are the habit of action, the vivid imagination, and the discipline of judgment. (Alfred North Whitehead, 1916)   When we offer children a lifeless, stale education, we not only destroy their vitality, but we dumb them down. Through […]

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  Learn How To Unleash The Power of Your Curriculum Workshops & Presenters Dr. Annabella Cant ELIEP.ca Wonderfully Connected Education: How To Prevent And Overcome Gaps In Early Childhood Education We, teachers, are privileged. We are some of the few adults who are still able to enjoy pure moments of wonder. We have not grown up by closing […]

Guerilla Geography: Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education

By Thomas Larsen and Lisa Tabor Millsaps Greetings! We are Thomas Larsen and Lisa Tabor Millsaps, self-proclaimed guerilla geographers. Guerilla geography is a free-form approach to place-based education that encourages learners to be creative and unconventional in their exploration and understanding of their local environment by focusing largely on what is meaningful to them (Askins […]

#imaginEDchat begins

What a rush! #imaginEDchat was a big success last night!  I am so pleased to meet imaginative educators around the galaxy and to start to build connections.   My “master plan” is to facilitate conversations about imagination that go deeper and, ultimately, to create a community where we can share resources and support each other’s imaginative work. Miss last […]