Month: November 2016

Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE): Activities & Insights Wonder-Full Links & Resources

“I Love This Place!”

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 feelings of displacement. Each one […]Read More

Imaginative Education (IE): Activities & Insights Random Ideas About Education

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 […]Read More

Imaginative Education (IE): Activities & Insights Random Ideas About Education

How Imagination Supports Teaching Adults English As A Foreign Language

  By Carolina Lopez (MEd in Imaginative Education; Director/Founder Educación Imaginativa de México) I am a native Spanish speaker who trained as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor in Canada. I’ve been studying English since I was 6 years old and it has always been a part of my life. I live close to […]Read More

Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE): Activities & Insights

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 […]Read More

Imaginative Education (IE): Activities & Insights

Tips For Imaginative Educators #17: Employ a Meta-Narrative Structure

If you’ve been following the TOOLS OF IMAGINATION SERIES you’ll know that there are many different tools we can employ with curricula to engage students. While these tools differ one from the other, a common thread connects them all. Every “cognitive tool” described—whether one that comes with the body, oral language, written language or, indeed, now, […]Read More

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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 […]Read More

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Place Value And Really Big Numbers

Using Narrative and Heroic Qualities to Teach Place Value:  Practicing IE By Christa Rawlings (MEd in IE; Grade 6 Teacher) Note:  Are you familiar with Imaginative Education (IE)?  Learn more about IE here.  I am going to talk a lot about “cognitive tools” in this post.  Get more information on those in the  Tools of Imagination series.) I always gravitate […]Read More