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Imaginative Minds Ltd, publisher of Creative Teaching and Learning magazine offers a wide range of online journals and information services, books and resources, helping to make education more imaginative and inspiring.
Our journals, books and resources support professional development, to innovate and enhance the teaching of creative and thinking skills in the classroom. There is no better to place to start than with Intelligent Learning. This is a teaching practice course on DVD, offering an enquiry based dialogic approach for the whole curriculum, in which the developing questioning capability of the children gives them ownership of the subjects they are discussing and can allow them to lead their own learning of the curriculum.
The role of imagination and story telling (theorised so brilliantly by Kieran Egan) is strongly represented in our packs Arctic Stories, A River Child and Who’s Running the Country? They also employ Community of Enquiry, the approach adopted by Philosophy For Children to underpin the teaching of cross-curriculum projects.
The approaches summarised above could be described as Learner-Led Learning. But within this we must recognise the role of teachers in investing children with basic cognitive and conceptual tools and with knowledge. Listening, speaking, and visual literacy skills form a strong element to our publications, as do writing and debating skills. Our best selling range of six Listening Skills books (three of which have a focus on Maths), have proved a huge success in helping teachers develop effective listening skills for children with a range of abilities.
A creative curriculum, is active, led as far as possible by the students and involves the acquisition of knowledge but in a context-relevant way. It requires teachers to be far more creative than does traditional teaching, and this is very much in evidence in Learning Without Limits, which uses art to develop critical and creative thinking.
We hope that with these products we have provided a platform for that creativity to take flight!
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