#whatisschool continues to shine and continues to engage educators from all over the world each and every week! I am excited to be back again this week with the amazing Gillian Judson. Gillian moderates #imaginEDchat. Join her on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 7pm (PST)—from pre-K thru post-secondary, imagination matters! imaginED offers all kinds of free resources, ideas, and inspiration for imagination-focused pedagogy.
Being able to envision the possible—to imagine—lies at the core of all invention and transformation in human life! And yet, imagination is often neglected and misunderstood in education. Many educators associate imagination with fantasy or make-believe and as an educational frill or hook, rather than one of the main workhorses of meaningful, academic learning. Far from childhood make-believe, imagination is as important for learning in the sciences and mathematics as it is in the arts.
Join #whatisschool this week to talk about the imagination’s role in learning, how it contributes to positive school culture, and how all educators can engage students’ emotions and imaginations to maximize learning. Together let’s imagine an education that inspires, an education that leaves students emotionally engaged with whatever they are learning! Education that inspires requires the imagination.
Remember that our chat times for around the world are: (updated 15 March 2017)
- Thursday 4pm Pacific Time
- Thursday 6pm Central Time
- Thursday 7pm ET
- Thursday 11pm GMT
- Friday 12am CET
- Friday 7am Singapore/WA (Perth) Time
- Friday 10am AEDT
- Friday 12pm NZT
Questions #whatisschool, March 30, 2017 7PM EDT
1) How would you describe the role of imagination in education?
2) How can imagination contribute to a more accepting culture in schools?
3) How is storytelling—the narrative—an act of imagination? Give some examples.
4) What does imaginative learning look and/or sound like in your classroom?
5) How do you evoke your students’ imaginations in your teaching? Be specific.
6) What challenges do you face engaging your students’ imaginations?