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Language Renewal Through Coding And Imagination – imaginED – Education Article

By Robin Ulster and James Denby (Educators, curriculum designers, and proud members of the CIRCE Academic Council) Storytelling is an essential element of being human. We tell, listen, and watch stories from an early age. Those stories are inextricably linked to our ability to imagine possibilities, to invent new things, and to create art. Teachers use story and imagination to ignite curiosity, to inspire students to take risks, and to understand concepts and content in every subject. The teachers of…

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” – imaginED – Education Article

By Adriana Grimaldo (Co-Founder Imaginative Education Mexico; CIRCE Academic Council Member) Imagination, like love, manifests in unsuspected ways. The reason why imagination and love are both so powerful is that they are both capable of uniquely shaping our minds. An example of this is in Cold War, the most recent film by Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski. The film, awarded Best Director by Cannes Festival (2018) and winning three Oscars nominations (best foreign-language film, best cinematography and best director), tells a story…

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Dialogue Series on Imagination in Research and Teaching Begins – imaginED – Education Article

By Samuel Chen (Research Assistant, SFU Education Research Assistant) This past Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend the Possible’s Slow Fuse’s inaugural session featuring Dr. Celeste Snowber. This is the first in a six part Dialogue series being co-hosted between the Research Hub and CIRCE.  Being new to the Faculty of Education and having just been hired on as a Research Assistant with the Research Hub, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I decided to go because I have seen…

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She Comes From a Certain Place – imaginED – Education Article

Greetings colleagues! The SFU Surrey Faculty of Education seminar series From the Ground Up continued last week with a presentation by Dr. Alanaise Onizichin Goodwill, an Indigenous scientist-practitioner and educator in Counselling Psychology at SFU Surrey. Dr. Goodwill is one of very few Indigenous Registered Psychologists in British Columbia, and practices active counselling service within several Indigenous communities. Her scholarship aims to decolonize mental health practices by addressing serious manifestations of colonial violence such as gangs and gender-based violence. In…

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Learning Science Through Art, Imagination, and Creativity – imaginED – Education Article

By Jailson Lima (PhD, Teacher, Chemistry Department, Vanier College; Art & Science Project website) Norman Jackson developed the powerful idea that creating knowledge is part of a unique process that takes place in our embedded learning ecology.  I teach a course on creativity as part of the Master Teacher Program at the University of Sherbrooke in which my students explore the different facets of their own creativity by describing their personal learning ecology.  To illustrate the power of such self-reflective activity,…

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Imagining Our Way Into The Lives of Other Beings in Our Ecosystems – imaginED – Education Article

By Zuzana Vasko (PhD, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University; Artist) For me, one of the great values of imagination is that it affords us the ability to empathise with others.  It is a feat of imagination, after all, to understand what it might be like to be in the situation of another, to feel how it might be to inhabit their body, particularly if their experience and life is vastly different from our own. In industrialized Western reasoning, humans…

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Incorporating Contemporary Art Into Early Childhood Education – imaginED – Education Article

By Soledad Acuña and Natalie Seve Amnia Lab + Imaginative Education Chile It is April 1917, a Frenchman and two friends walk in the streets of New York, the city of the future, full of stimuli, new shapes, new colors and new sunsets. Before the end of the day they stop at a plumbing store, the J.L. Mott retail store. The Frenchman enters and buys a magnificent Bedfordshire porcelain urinal. He takes it in a taxi to his studio and…

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CIRCE STEAM Magazine Now Available – imaginED – Education Article

We are pleased to announce the publication of the first edition of CIRCE Magazine! Science is highly conceptual, and learning it effectively requires interconnecting fuzzy concepts such as atoms, forces, molecules, DNA, electric fields, ions, electromagnetic radiation, radicals, electrons, and photons. Although brilliant minds have undoubtedly used their artistic talents and been inspired by art over the centuries to create scientific knowledge, until recently we have catalogued its ramifications simply as STEM. In the last decades, movement has been made…

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Imagination Unleashed At Fraser Heights Secondary School – imaginED – Education Article

By Hannah Kazemi (Grade 12 student at Fraser Heights Secondary School, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Imagine dancers, artists, bakers and chefs, musicians, and entrepreneurs. Imagine hundreds of students, with their passions laid out in front of them. Imagine entering a high school, immediately welcomed by the smell of popcorn in the air, billowing red curtains marking the entrance, and as you walk in further, a sea of students, ready to share the projects they have been working on for months. Bubbles…

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