Imaginative Education (IE): Activities & Insights

Story, Timelines and History Teaching in the Early Primary Years – imaginED – Education Article

By Kate Charette (Educator & PhD Candidate, University of New Brunswick) I first learned about Imaginative Education (IE) as an elementary school teacher doing my Masters degree. In the evenings after teaching my kindergarteners I would read about engaging students’ imaginations by shaping the curriculum as an exciting story much like a journalist would, rather than thinking of it as a checklist to cover. I would explore ideas about what cognitive tools my students were using to understand the world…

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Terror on the Doomed Franklin Expedition – Using Authentic Assessment to Build Imaginative Historical Inquiry – imaginED – Education Article

By Sarah Allin and Les Miller (Contributing edits by: Dr. Tim Waddington) One of the great challenges in teaching social studies is to develop assessments that are both meaningful and engaging, rich in subject content while also imaginatively stimulating. As teachers in a Middle Years Program, we are always striving to do this well. Applying the theories of Imaginative Education, we are learning just how well the cognitive tools of Mythic and Romantic Understanding support student engagement across the entire…

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Dodging the Fall of Constantinople – Connecting Physical Education and Social Studies – imaginED – Education Article

Authors: Leah Tesan and Dr. Tim Waddington By now, Imaginative Education has well established this simple truism: at the core of any great lesson is an abundance of student engagement. An inquiry-based curriculum, such as those found in British Columbia, Ontario and a growing number of other educational contexts, provides teachers with the opportunity to be both innovative and imaginative in every subject. Nowhere is the need for this outside-the-box practice more noticeable than in Social Studies, which for any…

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A Black Odyssey – imaginED – Education Article

By Gillian Judson (Executive Director, Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education, CIRCE [pronounced sur-see]) In 2013 I employed the principles of Imaginative Education (IE) to design a curriculum guide for the Smithsonian Institution’s travelling exhibit Romare Bearden’s A Black Odyssey. The curriculum guide I created uses the cognitive tools of Imaginative Education to engage students with Homer’s text and Bearden’s art. I aim to engage imagination as the primary tool for learning, with lessons involving a range of cognitive tools…

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