IERG News Update: February 2018

Latest NEWS from the IERG

Greetings Imaginative Educators around the globe! It’s my pleasure to offer you an update on some of the IERG’s activities, plans, and projects over the past year.

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Warmly,
Gillian Judson
(Co-Director, Imaginative Education Research Group)

NEWEST Publication By Dr. Gillian Judson

The Walking Curriculum is an innovative interdisciplinary resource for educators K-12 who want to take student learning outside school walls. Walking Curriculum activities can be used in any context to develop students’ Sense of Place and to enrich their understanding of curricular topics. Based on principles of Imaginative Ecological Education, the 60 easy-to-use walking-focused activities in this resource are designed to engage students’ emotions and imaginations with their local natural and cultural communities, to broaden their awareness of the particularities of Place, and to evoke their sense of wonder in learning.

Teachers in urban, sub-urban, and even in rural areas, often have little imagination-focused curricular resources that can develop students’ sense of ecological understanding and contribute to their understanding of the mandated curriculum. This resource can help to fill that gap. Through walking we can enrich our students’ sense-making abilities, we can enhance their very being and, as we go, we can seed with meaning the contexts in which they spend so many hours learning.

In the 60 walks described in this resource you will see a variety of themes, perspectives, and motivations. For example, students may be asked to find different things (such as shapes, spaces or lines, evidence of growth or change, “the best” hiding places), to change perspectives (imagine being a beetle, a detective, or a visitor from outer space), to encounter the world differently (emphasizing one sense over another or moving through space differently), to seek evidence of human-nature relationships, to identify patterns, or to locate natural or human systems in action.  In all cases, the intent is to broaden students’ awareness of the particularities of Place. The activities are designed to: engage the body, emotions, and imagination in ways that can increase students’ familiarity with the local natural context in which they go to school; increase students’ attention to detail and their attunement with Place; connect Place-based learning activities with cross-curricular goals; and serve as examples for your own, Place-inspired teaching ideas.

Introductory chapters provide a rationale for the Walking Curriculum and describe the underlying educational philosophy it reflects. Detail is provided so you can prepare to use the resource as well as extend and enrich your students’ learning. The walks themselves are divided into three sets: The 30 walks are paired with guiding questions and an imaginative activity or prompt to engage students’ emotions. These are the easiest walks for you to employ; they require little direct teaching or guidance ahead of time. They are readily adaptable for students of all ages. The second set contains 15 walks requiring some direct instruction and guidance; they will work better if they are properly introduced and contextualized. The final set of 15 walks is specifically designed for High School students and reflects interdisciplinary curricular outcomes.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Curriculum-Evoking-Wonder-Developing-ebook/dp/B078QXQ5NJ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Over the next few months you can tune into voicEdradio.ca to hear from Imaginative Educators about their imaginative practices (PreK-Higher Education).  Learn how cognitive tools can increase engagement in your classroom. Learn about different programs from the Imaginative Education Research Group.
We kicked off the Imagination Matters series on November 14. Enjoy this introduction to Imaginative Education with Imaginative Educators Clayton Stephens, Leone Payson, Amanda VanGardern, David Futter, me (Gillian Judson), and moderator Stephen Hurley.

NEWEST Publication by Dr Annabella Cant

This book is dedicated to educators, teachers, parents, and students that believe in the immense complexity of young children. The book augments Egan’s Imaginative Education theory, with an emphasis on the Somatic Understanding, and its flow into the Mythic Understanding.

“This original and stimulating book will make anyone reconsider what they think they know about early childhood education. Annabella Cant uses her own experience, as an individual and teacher, to bring vividly to life the experience of childhood and to show how we might better engage the imaginations of children in learning. The book outlines a new approach that challenges many of the taken-for-granted assumptions of present educational practice.” Kieran Egan Ph.D.

Unswaddling Pedagogy is a pedagogy that welcomes and releases the creativity, imagination, and all other meaning making qualities and capacities of young children. My intention is to address pedagogy as a way of being present with the child. Through my work, I am hoping to inspire teachers to be with young children in ways that would literally free everyone and everything involved in the relationship from activities, actions, experiences, and events that would restrict rather than encourage and guide children’s imaginative and creative ways of making meaning of the world.

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eBook (Available on Amazon.ca): http://amzn.to/2wmKUJe

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View IERG Newsletter March 2017

Welcome to our 1st newsletter of 2017!

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about some IERG activities worldwide. You will find examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces describing our different programs, publications, and events.

We always look forward to your feedback, and please feel free to share our News & Updates with your colleagues and students.

View IERG Newsletter March 2017

IERG News & Updates October 2016

Welcome to our 2nd newsletter of 2016!

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about some IERG activities worldwide. You will find examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces describing our different programs, publications, and events.

We always look forward to your feedback, and please feel free to share our News & Updates with your colleagues and students.

View IERG Newsletter October 2016

Dr. Kieran Egan: 2016 Cmolik Prize winner

2016 Cmolik Prize winner engages students' imaginations

2016 Cmolik Prize winner engages students’ imaginations

The Faculty of Education has awarded this year’s $50,000 Cmolik Prize to Dr. Kieran Egan whose “imaginative education” initiatives benefit students and teachers around the world.

The Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in BC recognizes recipients who have developed and implemented an invention, innovation, concept, process or procedure that enhances educational practice in the K-12 public school system in BC.

After Egan became a Canada Research Chair in 2000 for his work on imaginative education, he founded the Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG) to introduce new theories, principles, and practical techniques for making education more effective and more engaging for students and teachers.

“Students learn better when their emotions and imaginations are engaged,”  Egan says. “It seems dead obvious, but at the same time it’s too much ignored.”

IERG trains teachers to bring learning to life outside of textbooks. One of their programs, Learning in Depth, has students learning about one topic that interests them throughout their entire school career, K-12. Students become an expert in that topic, which feeds their imagination and promotes an understanding of the nature of knowledge.

The IERG trains schoolteachers to bring the content of the curriculum to meaningful life in the students’ minds. One such program, Learning in Depth (LiD), has students spend some time each week learning about a single topic throughout their entire school career, k-12. Students become expert in their topic, which feeds their imagination and promotes an understanding of the nature of knowledge. Most students take to LiD with great enthusiasm.

Egan says much of the prize will go toward hiring facilitators to further develop IERG programs and make them accessible to teachers.

Dozens of different countries currently implement IERG programs, and hundreds of B.C. school experience it through the work of teachers who have learned to engage their students’ imaginations and emotions in the content of the curriculum.

The award was endowed to the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University by Russ and Ellen Cmolik.

“The genius of Egan’s Imaginative Education, and the specific application of Learning in Depth, is that it provides a means by which every student becomes an expert in at least one topic, and through this process, their creativity and imagination are unleashed in remarkable ways,” says Kris Magnusson, SFU’s dean of education.

“Learning in Depth may very well be one of the most important educational innovations of the last half century, and could be the mechanism by which the potential of 21st Century Learning can be realized.”

IERG News & Updates March 2016

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2016!

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about some IERG activities worldwide. You will find examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces describing our different programs, publications, and events.

We always look forward to your feedback, and please feel free to share our News & Updates with your colleagues and students.

View IERG Newsletter March 2016

An artistic view on the IERG Summer conference 2015

Education of the Imagination
… according to me
By Patrick Reynolds

More here …

 

Keynote presentation By Annabella Cant

Annabella Cant iPad drawing

Keynote presentation By Bob & Sheri Dunton

Bob and Sheri Dunton Ipad drawing

David Futter

David Futter iPad drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Ames

John Ames iPad drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Laitch & Annabella Cant

Dan Leitch and Annabella Cant iPad drawing

IERG News & Updates December 2015

Welcome to our latest newsletter, the 5th this year.

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about some IERG activities worldwide. You will find examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces describing our different programs, publications, and events.

We always look forward to your feedback, and please feel free to share our News & Updates with your colleagues and students.

View IERG Newsletter December 2015