Guided Imagery

Imagery is an exciting and proven way to unleash the creative potential and enhance the performance of individuals in a multitude of situations. In some areas of life, it is so commonplace that its use is unremarkable. For instance, athletes in many sports often use it to improve their performance. Even the casual viewer of football games has seen field-goal and extra-point kickers line up their kicks and visualize the ball going through the uprights. In every basketball game, a player stands at the foul line with his eyes closed and mentally sees the ball going through the hoop. The New York Times, reporting on the 2018 Winter Olympic Biathlon, wrote, “When the pressure starts to build, Lowell Bailey wonders: 'Can I do this?’ Then he looks at the snow ahead and imagines himself as a bow with an arrow drawn, ready to accelerate." But imagery is not beneficial only in sports. Imagery also is a potent tool in classrooms and learning situations. Unfortunately, its use has diminished in the last generation. Royal Fireworks Press offers several books that can help instructors introduce this powerful technique to children in a variety of topics and academic subjects.

In learning situations, children must be introduced to the concept of imagery through the use of guided imagery, although with practice they will learn how to use this strategy on their own. Through imagery, they can attain increased mindfulness, greater self-regulation, a calmer demeanor, sharper focus, and more thoughtful social interactions. This leads not only to improved academic performance and retention of material, but it creates calmer homes and classrooms as well. This is especially true if parents and teachers also practice using imagery, since it can be just as helpful for adults as it is for children. In addition, individuals practicing imagery often see new ways to integrate and shape materials for more productive results. This versatile technique will provide benefits that children can carry with them throughout their lives.

Imagery is an exciting and proven way to unleash the creative potential and enhance the performance of individuals in a multitude of situations. In some areas of life, it is so commonplace that its use is unremarkable. For instance, athletes in many sports often use it to improve their performance. Even the casual viewer of football games has seen field-goal and extra-point kickers line up their kicks and visualize the ball going through the uprights. In every basketball game, a player stands at the foul line with his eyes closed and mentally sees the ball going through the hoop. The New York Times, reporting on the 2018 Winter Olympic Biathlon, wrote, “When the pressure starts to build, Lowell Bailey wonders: 'Can I do this?’ Then he looks at the snow ahead and imagines himself as a bow with an arrow drawn, ready to accelerate." But imagery is not beneficial only in sports. Imagery also is a potent tool in classrooms and learning situations. Unfortunately, its use has diminished in the last generation. Royal Fireworks Press offers several books that can help teachers introduce this powerful technique to students in a variety of topics and academic subjects.

In learning situations, students must be introduced to the concept of imagery through the use of guided imagery, although with practice they will learn how to use this strategy on their own. Through imagery, they can attain increased mindfulness, greater self-regulation, a calmer demeanor, sharper focus, and more thoughtful social interactions. This leads not only to improved academic performance and retention of material, but it creates calmer classrooms and family homes as well. This is especially true if teachers and parents also practice using imagery, since it can be just as helpful for adults as it is for children. In addition, individuals practicing imagery often see new ways to integrate and shape materials for more productive results. This versatile technique will provide benefits that students can carry with them throughout their lives.

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Using Imagery in Creative Problem Solving

Author: Bagley, Dr. Michael T.

Subjects: Teacher Resources; Creative Problem Solving; Imagery

Order code: 1049

Price: $17.50
Website price: $13.00

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This book is a guide for instructors of children ages 10-18 on how to use imagery to enhance children’s creative problem-solving skills. It includes 29 activities, with step-by-step directions for implementation. The descriptions of the activities also include a suggested timeframe, a script for guided imagery, options, and suggestions for an imagery idea notebook. The book is a practical, effective, and exciting approach to creative problem-solving enrichment in group learning situations.

The instructions for using imagery with a group of learners are as follows:

Step 1: Select an appropriate time when interruptions will be at a minimum.
Step 2: Be sure that the children have removed all items from the desk or table in front of them.
Step 3: Give the children a brief introduction to the creative problem-solving exercise.
Step 4: Ask the children to decide on a target problem for the exercise.
Step 5: Tell the children the approximate amount of time they will spend doing the exercise.
Step 6: Remind the children not to talk or make any sounds during the exercise so as not to disrupt the concentration of others.
Step 7: Read the guided exercise.
Step 8: Ask the children to write their responses to their experience in their imagery notebooks.
Step 9: Option: You can either move on to a new activity or discuss the exercise with the group.

This book is a guide for teachers of students in grades 5-12 on how to use imagery to enhance students’ creative problem-solving skills. It includes 29 activities, with step-by-step directions for implementation. The descriptions of the activities also include a suggested timeframe, a script for guided imagery, options, and suggestions for an imagery idea notebook. The book is a practical, effective, and exciting approach to creative problem-solving enrichment in the classroom.

The instructions for using imagery in classroom are as follows:

Step 1: Select an appropriate time when interruptions will be at a minimum.
Step 2: Be sure that students have removed all items from their desktops.
Step 3: Give the students a brief introduction to the creative problem-solving exercise.
Step 4: Ask the students to decide on a target problem for the exercise.
Step 5: Tell the students the approximate amount of time they will spend doing the exercise.
Step 6: Remind the students not to talk or make any sounds during the exercise so as not to disrupt the concentration of others.
Step 7: Read the guided exercise.
Step 8: Ask the students to write their responses to their experience in their imagery notebooks.
Step 9: Option: You can either move on to a new activity or discuss the exercise with the group.

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Image and Write... Poetry

Author: Hess, Karin K.

Subjects: Language Arts; Poetry; Imagery

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Order code: 2452

Price: $17.50
Website price: $13.00

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This book offers ways in which to use imagery to enhance the writing of poetry by young children. It provides a full discussion of concrete poetry, formula poetry, acrostic poetry, onomatopoeia, haiku, ballads, rhythm, limericks, contrast poems, diamante poems, emotion poetry, multisensory clustering, outrageous themes, color poems, images, free association imaging, rhyming couplets, poetry comics, and cartoons. The book also contains extensive appendices.

This book offers ways in which to use imagery to enhance the writing of poetry by students in the elementary grades. It provides a full discussion of concrete poetry, formula poetry, acrostic poetry, onomatopoeia, haiku, ballads, rhythm, limericks, contrast poems, diamante poems, emotion poetry, multisensory clustering, outrageous themes, color poems, images, free association imaging, rhyming couplets, poetry comics, and cartoons. The book also contains extensive appendices.

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Reading through Imagery: Grades 1-5

Author: Bagley, Dr. Michael T.; Lavin, Dr. Claire

Subjects: Teacher Resources; Imagery; Reading

Order code: 956

Price: $15.00

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This book offers a creative approach to the mastery of reading. It contains 66 comprehensive reading-through-imagery activities for children ages 5-10. There are 20 imagery exercises each in phonics/structural analysis, reading comprehension, and word recognition, and six imagery exercises in dictionary use. Each exercise contains a reading technique description, exercise variations, guided imagery exercise instructions, reading center workbook activities, non-guided imagery exercise instructions, and remedial tactics where appropriate. In all, there are 240 remedial tactics, 240+ reading center workbook activities, and 240+ exercise activities.

The book offers children ways to blend skills with their creative imaginations. It is a superb way to add variety and generate excitement in reading.

This book offers a creative approach to the mastery of reading. It contains 66 comprehensive reading-through-imagery activities for students in grades K-5. There are 20 imagery exercises each in phonics/structural analysis, reading comprehension, and word recognition, and six imagery exercises in dictionary use. Each exercise contains a reading technique description, exercise variations, guided imagery exercise instructions, reading center workbook activities, non-guided imagery exercise instructions, and remedial tactics where appropriate. In all, there are 240 remedial tactics, 240+ reading center workbook activities, and 240+ exercise activities.

The book offers students ways to blend skills with their creative imaginations. It is a superb way to add variety and generate excitement in any reading program.

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