Come Through the Door with Me: Pondering Inventive Practice


  • Shelley Beleznay Vancouver Island University


teaching, art, invention, creativity, creative pedagogues


The purpose of this paper is to engage readers in thinking about the art of teaching and how to support inventive practice.  Readers are invited into a classroom and immersed in a day of learning with 11 and 12-year-olds.

Author Biography

Shelley Beleznay, Vancouver Island University

Shelley Beleznay teaches both practicing and pre-service teachers at Vancouver Island University. She is currently writing her dissertation for Athabasca University on the poetry of teaching and learning.


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How to Cite

Beleznay, S. (2021). Come Through the Door with Me: Pondering Inventive Practice. McGill Journal of Education / Revue Des Sciences De l’éducation De McGill, 55(3). Retrieved from



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