And now, time for the finale!

WOW!
This semester has flown by so fast!
I feel like just yesterday I was learning how to set up my own blog and thought this was way to much work to do weekly. and now look at me! I have fallen in LOVE with the blogging idea. I think it is a great way to communicate, share ideas, as well as hand in assignments paper free.
ANYWAYS,
back to the important things! ECS 210 lecture has been the most challenging, eye opening experiences I have been involved in. I have never been told to challenge the way I have thought about white privilege- especially my own. I have never been asked directly about race or racism, and I have never really noticed the HUGE impact treaty ed has on everyone involved.
Needles to say, I have learned ALOT!
Now Before I spoil my video…
Take it upon yourself and watch my final blog post!
My Digital Reflection!

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Open Thoughts

Wow! A blog about our own thoughts through out this course!
At first, I had 1 million thoughts go through my head on what to write about and how i was going to say it, what topics really stood out to me, and of course what I am going to take away from this course. Truthfully, every lecture has brought a new light into my eyes and has made me see things in a different perspective.

The one thing that really stood out to me is Claire’s Presentation. It was so personal, and realistic that we as students could still relate and understand the problems she has and is still facing. Treaty Education is a big topic for me to just say that’s what stood out for me. I felt like after Claire came to speak to us that a light flicked on in my head. We assume that the students who drop out of school are from families/parents that don’t care- with Claire that was not the case with her and her daughter. Claire is now taking every step she can to educate her staff and other staff around Saskatchewan to inform their classes on Treaty Ed.

As an upcoming teacher I now know the importance of Treaty Ed. I also am now aware that making mistakes is normal and cannot stop us from educating ourselves and others. Treaty Ed needs to be incorporated in every classrooms daily routines as well as the schools. It is part of our history and turning away from it only hurts the students we are teaching.

Treaty Education

The purpose of teaching treaty education does not change or lower the advantages when there is no or few First Nation students in your class or school. We are all part of at treaty and are treaty people. We need to learn what happened and what made history. Even though Residential schools, and many of the historical facts of how we came to be are not good or nice it is still important to educate your students, staff, and even yourself. We cannot be in reconciliation and be spreading the truth of what happened if we are ignorant to the topic if Treaty Education.

“We are all treaty people” To Me, means that we are all living on this land. We are all learning and adapting to changes in the future and discovering what happened in the past. We together are trying to make sure that history doesn’t re write its self. We together are educating the future on what happened. As treaty people we need to acknowledge we are all human beings, and deserve to be treated that way.

Decolonization and Reinhabition

In the article Decolonization is expressed by going on a canoe tribe, bringing in an elder to talk to the class, and educating the class with knowledge before hand and incorporating Treaty Education into every subject. Reinhabition happens in the classroom as you adjust your classroom environment. You can bring in props that represent things, and even use your students to make crafts and help decorate the classroom and make it their own.

I am hoping to be teaching primary grades. Preferably Kindergarten so many of my students will not have the advantage of Treaty education before they come into my class. Obviously, some of them will be exposed to other cultural information and I will use that as an advantage. I want to be able to give my students the knowledge of treaty education as well as other cultural diversity at a young age.

Front and Center

Curriculum has shaped me as a teacher because as I am learning about the teacher I want to be I am also learning about the teacher I do not want to become. I remember many assignments I did through kindergarten to grade 12. Some good memories, and some bad- I took both of them as learning experiences. I know all of us have come across a teacher who wasn’t willing to teach outside the textbooks. Who didn’t offer extra help, and who just wasn’t that good. Take that as an inspiration to NOT BE that teacher.

Front and center in my classroom will be respect, and treating everyone equally. I will focus on making relationships with all my students, and developing trust with them. I believe that when you can have positive relationships with your students they will respect you more. I will also need to be mindful of the different races, and diversity I will encounter. I will have to educate my class as needed, and be sure to show them the similarities and differences they share in the most positive manor.

The power is within us

The power is within us

I do think that curriculum needs to be decided by a team of people. I don’t think that teachers have enough say in what is a “Shall VS. A May.” We are the ones with our students day in and day out but what we are told what and how to teach them in some cases. Every student learns differently, therefore we as teachers know him or her best and should have say in what we are teaching. I know in some cases no one is going to be checking up on the outcomes of curriculum and what we are teaching but we do need guide lines. I think guidelines and rules are essential to managing classes, but what is the line of flexibility? What is important? What can we cut out? As teachers we make these decisions, and are responsible for enacting the curriculum. But the people who are telling us what to do don’t know our classroom or the students we are teaching. The Curriculum is very generalized. I think having teachers opinions can help better the curriculum.

Good Student Spectrum

I just looked up “How to be a good student” into google and according to the list that I read I was the completely opposite in elementary school. The “common-sense” on how to be a good student suggests that you are organized, quiet, you stay seated in your desk, and you do what you are told. Yes those are all great things to do. But when dealing with children, especially primary grades that is unrealistic to have those expectations all day- everyday.

The students who are privileged would be the students who come from a good home life and have seen this demonstrated, and have had rules to follow that would be similar to classroom rules. Students who do not have a learning disability or problem staying focused would also fall under the “common-sense” good student list. To me, that is wrong because all students have the potential to be great learners, listeners, and achievers regardless of where they came from, and what challenges they face. The good student spectrum is something is discriminates against many children, and does not give equal learning opportunities to all of our students.

 

We are more than just “Teachers”

When people refer to you as just a teacher.. remember this.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We all have heard of the great Martin Luther King Jr. I came across this quote while I was doing research for our Theorists papers. This is a pretty recognizable quote. To me it is more than just a few words that just so happened to come out of Martins mouth.

“The Function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.” I agree with my whole heart with this because teaching is NOT just about making sure your students understand the curriculum and subject being taught. Especially in Primary Grades, you are not only teaching them academically you are also helping them with life skills out of school as well. I like to think that when I am finally a teacher that I will be making differences in all my children’s lives in and out of school. Half of teaching is applying your lessons to life experiences that will relate to your students. “Intelligence plus character.” THIS is what teaching is. WE are expanding their knowledge, teaching them basic skills, and most importantly helping them find themselves. To most students we will not be just a teacher. We will take on rolls as friends, counselors, parents, siblings, and a safety net if the need us to be. As I teacher I strive to teach them intelligence plus build their character.

 

Books away- Test time

In my elementary school days I have experienced the Tyler Rationale. I believe that in my early school days the curriculum was based on the type of school I was in, the subject’s teachers needed to cover with their students, and what was important in the curriculum being asked of the teachers. I experienced his four basic principles because I felt in my elementary school days we were always tested on everything and that no matter what there had to be an outcome with the information or events we were learning. I don’t agree with what. I know that to some existent there has to still be tests, but I was never strong in test writing. I am more of hands on learner. Even to this day when writing tests my anxiety is through the roof.  I remember having to write CAT scans, and in high school trying to learn how to study because none of your teachers ever went over study tips and now we were expected to memorize everything we learn that semester. With that being said, some of the limitations with the Tyler rationale would be that there are always tests, and a way to determine what the children are learning and how well they are progressing, that children who do not succeed with test writing have no chance. We need to keep in mind that not all our students will be on the same learning and skill level and that doesn’t mean anything bad. Some potential benefits of the Tyler Rationale are that we can use his four basic principles as an outline of what we as teachers can ask ourselves about curriculum and how are students are comprehending the materials and strategies we are using.

The Tyler Rationale limits the abilities that our students have outside of test writing. It isn’t focused on the different types of learners we have, or the different skill levels all our students will be at.

What is common sense?

How does Kumashiro define ‘common-sense?’ Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘common sense’?

Common sense is the ability to understand and judge things that all people do without questioning what you are doing. Kumashiro states that Common Sense is the insistence that we “use our common sense” is really an insistence that we view things as some in society have traditionally viewed things and want to continue viewing things. So Kumashiro is saying that when we are insisting we use our common sense when forming schools and more importantly our own classroom that we are continuing to privilege only certain practice, and groups of people. It is important to pay attention to common sense because common sense is not what should shape our educational reform or curriculum design, Kumashiro states it is what needs to be examined and challenged. It is very important to pay attention to the common sense because common sense is not universal like in Nepal. What we think is common sense here will not necessarily be common sense somewhere else. With that being said, we cannot let common sense rule how we do things because we can be marginalizing other people from different places with different back rounds.

Mikayla Lowes