Educating the Imagination

I’d like to share a free resource with adult ABE/ESOL teachers, one that has inspired me for years: Teachers and Writers Magazine. It’s a publication of the Teachers and Writers Collaborative (TWC). In their own words, “Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) seeks to educate the imagination by offering innovative creative writing programs for students and teachers, and by providing a variety of publications and resources to support learning through the literary arts.” 

Don’t you just love that they unabashedly claim that their mission is to educate the imagination? I do. Even Albert Einstein has claimed that the imagination is more important than knowledge, “for knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

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Although Teachers and Writers Magazine is primarily a resource for K-12 teachers, many of the thoughtful and creative ideas and lesson plans are well suited, and easily adaptable, to the ABE classroom.

I was especially drawn into the latest issue, which provides lesson plans for incorporating poetry—including performance poetry—into the classroom. Lessons include model poems by well-known writers: Nikki Giovanni and Ethridge Knight, for example. The thoughtful, creative teachers embrace challenging literature and use it to help students find their own voice in their writing. Don’t worry—they are also aware of the need to connect these efforts to required standards…and can help you do the same.

Best wishes,
Lenore Balliro
Director of Programs