IERG Half-Day Workshop (Example)


IERG Half-Day Workshop (approx. 3 hours)

1. A Brief Guide to Imagination Education

Participants will receive “A Brief Guide to Imaginative Education” by Owen Tyers. It provides an overview of the basic ideas and principles. Ideally participants should read the booklet beforehand.

2. Introduction to IE – PowerPoint presentation

3. Twist TIE Game

One of the more unfamiliar and difficult features of using the IE approach is feeling comfortable using some of the “cognitive tools” that engage students’ imaginations and emotions. This game is designed to both familiarize participants with what are the more unusual features of the approach. Participants will work in groups of 4 to 6. Questions and discussion.

4. Frameworks and Sample Lessons

To underline how IE is different from regular forms of planning and teaching, we will show our planning frameworks. These are unlike any frameworks participants will likely have seen before, as they incorporate new and distinctive principles. We will work through a number of examples, showing how the frameworks can be used to plan imaginatively engaging lessons and units of study.

5. Lesson Planning: Part 1

Participants will work in small groups of 3 or 4. The workshop leaders will help the groups prepare a sketch plan of a lesson or unit, using one of the planning frameworks.

6. Break

7. Circular Frameworks

We will also look at another of our planning frameworks. Many teachers have said that they find the Circular Planning Framework help them in initial planning.

8. Conclusion

A time for sharing the insights, discussing remaining problems, and suggesting further resources—IERG website, books, etc.—that participants can turn to for further help. If there is time and Internet access is available, we will introduce participants to examples of units on the IERG website (

Contact: Dr. Gillian Judson, IERG, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6, email at