What Is Imagination?

  • Something from nothing,
  • Thinking what is possible,
  • What if …

I have been pondering this for about a week now and just as I am about to write something down I think of something else or another point I want to make. I believe at this moment imagination for me is when I create something from just a thought that is influenced from my surroundings, and question it until it’s exhausted.

What is the imagination’s role in learning?

  • To spark creativity,
  • To get students to wonder, and engage in critical thinking,
  • To get students out of their comfort zone,

This question is even harder. I have had difficulty with this, because it is what I ask myself each new school year. I think this looks different each year and changes with each class.

At this moment  I think it’s role is to help get students thinking outside the norms and to go beyond traditional thinking for each person; endless ” What Ifs? and Whys?”. Imagination’s role should make learning confusing and fun at the same time. There are wrong answers, but they help move the thoughts to the next one. external and internal influences change and so do our questions.

Often I will model to my student my thinking when I am trying to imagine. I stand up in the class and link my random thoughts together creating a flurry of ideas that could or could not go together but I don’t care I just keep going. Students laugh but they get it. I t is almost like giving them permission to play again.

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July 7 – ponder

imagination’s definition has changed for me today, or should I say it has shifted slightly from what we discussed in class and from what I have discovered in some of the videos. I guess in all the learning up to this point.

I realized That imagination needs to be about a specific thing and be effective as well be unusual. This make me think of my own process of how I use imagination.

It usually start with an idea and then I try to answer my own questions I have about it and how I can dive deeper into my thoughts about it. It is a form of brainstorming, but it helps me focus in on the purpose of that idea.

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