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Imagination Leads to Education


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Imagine, Create, Dream

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Believe 

Pick the point-  Take a moment and think when was the last time that you created your own magical world and dreamed to the stars.

When did you last use your imagination?

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Imagine…. When I was little I dreamed every night when I closed my eyes that I lived in a land filled with purple unicorns and Hannah Montana as my best friend. But as the years passed no longer were my dreams filled with moments of colorful clouds and rock stars but over-crowded with a check list of tasks to be done. What happened to those ever-lasting dreams and moments of imagination that kept my brain spinning with joy? That is the unknown question that thousands are puzzled by. But the key to creating a world once again filled with imagination, is you!

Create….  Though we are students separated through thousands of miles we are a group of inquisitive minds and twenty first century learners. Through this Catalyst Conference page, I hope to not only sparks the minds of many to bounce back to their care free imaginative childhood selves, but also to  begin to develop an understanding for the need of creativity to be sparked at young ages and continue to blossom throughout everyone’s life. The resources are unlimited when it comes to encouraging all to imagine and come together to create amazing projects for the future.

How did this become an issue? As many children come to discover as they mature and continue with their schooling, the responsibilities grow and so does the work load. Not only do children have less time to enjoy the outdoors but they also are more focused on succeeding in school. In an interview with Rachel Rettner of LiveScience, Kyung Hee Kim notes the damages that standardize tests and programs such as No Child Left Behind “may partly responsible for the drop in creativity scores” (in tests such as the Torrance test which set creativty). The pressure that many children also receive from both schooling and parental figures can also be a key factor to the decrease in imagination and creativity.  There can also be a connection drawn between the lack of imagination in children to the relationship with their parental figures. It is important to develop an open, welcoming, and encouraging  relationship with children from a young age. As Scholastic notes in their article, “Ages & Stages: How Children Use Magical Thinking” each stage of a child’s development furthers their path toward imagination and “magical thinking.”

Stages of Developing Imagination & “Magical Thinking”

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Media as a Factor-  No matter the child,  the new forms of media such as television and or  social media (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter) have altered  not only the child’s realastionship with others but also the exploration of themselves and nature.

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Goal…

Inspire All To Imagine Again

How does Imagination Connect to Education?

With every thought comes inspiration. Many young students develop their creativity through their education. Through one’s early years in school, it is important to develop a love of learning. With this comes the idea of using one’s imagination and creativity to enhance a classroom discussion or develop an incredible art project. When it comes to the opportunities that education opens for all students, not only does education open the door of endless possibilities, but it also allows students to continue on their own train of imagination through the track of education. 

The Need for 21st Century Learning

Dream…

What could a single  book do for you? One book can inspire a young child to take their own imagination and let it develop into a world full of thoughts and ideas.  In The United States alone students are not only falling behind in their reading capabilities, but not succeeding to as high of a standard as their potential provides. Reading Is Fundamental is an organization that donates million of books to children across the country to encourage and enrich their love for learning through their imagination of where a book can take them. 

* Graphic courtesy of Reading Is Fundamental

Math The Language of Imagination

 Mathematician Jacob Bronowskim once said, “To imagine means tomato images and move them about inside one’s head in new arrangements”

*Quote from “How to Encourage Imagination in Children- Importance, Definition & Quotes”

Believe… What ways can you encourage imagination in your local community? In early childhood development imagination and creativity are necessary in order for a child to develop a passion to learn an enrich their mind. But it is important to note that all children must be driven by their own imagination for what they could possibly achieve. Here are some resources that not only encourage students in The Untied States to Dream big but also develop a love of learning from a young age. STEM Science, Engineering, Technology & Math. Schools throughout the country have been developing programs that focus on these specific areas of interest. For some this gives them a head start for college or an idea for a possible career. 

  • For more information about STEM visit- https://www.ed.gov/stem

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)-  Encourages children nationwide to become more involved in reading. Just think of the possibilities that can occur when a young child is given a book to let their imagination soar into a world full of literature! 

  • For more information about RIF visit- http://www.rif.org

President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities (Turnaround: Arts- Creatign Success in Schools)  –  A resource that can be used to reference how schools and equation programs across the country are encouraging millions of students to use their imagination to create and love the arts.

  • For more information about schools & programs that have been recognized for such efforts visit- http://www.nahyp.org/
  • For more information about  The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards – http://www.nahyp.org/about/

“6 Ways to Encourage a Child’s Imagination” 

Information from 

Huffington Post

By: Laura Hollman, Ph.D. 

  1. “Keep all kinds of materials at hand from crayons, to all kinds of paper such as watercolor paper, sand paper, construction paper, fabric, left over pieces of wood, etc. Keep a stock of generally unwanted item s that kids can recycle in their projects.
  2. Encourage time spent on imaginary play. Children love toy figures of all types they invent stories about. They learn that stories have beginnings, middles, and endings and flow in a sequence that crescendos in a climax and then has some resolution. They do this naturally. What a remarkable learning experience, so different from being taught this directly in the classroom.
  3. Ask questions when you read them stories. Ask them more about what they imagine the characters are thinking and feeling. Improve their vocabulary about feelings. Let them guess the end of the story before they hear it. This furthers their inventive capacities.
  4. Take your kids to museums, especially designed for children. Let them stare at a painting and offer their view of what it’s about. Let them imagine a title and figure out how the painting was constructed. Stretch their views without giving them information from you.
  5. On the beach, go swimming but also go collecting. See what interests them. Beyond shells, they may find scraps of old glass, weathered wood, and other finds that they can later put together in some kind of project. All it takes is a suggestion to do so, and they’re off having a grand time.
  6. Make a walk in a park a scavenger hunt. Don’t plant things for them to find, just make a list of ideas like find a good place to sit, find a walking stick, find kindle for a fire, discover a new animal, etc. They love these adventures and their creativity soars.”

*To read more of  Dr. Hollman’s article please see the works cited.

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Imagination & Creativity

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COMMENTS: 1
  1. April 27, 2017 by Scott Cotton

    Really great presentation, Zoe!

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