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Curriculum as Numeracy

Prior to Gale’s lecture, I did not consider myself much of a math person. I have struggled my whole life with my passion and understanding of science compared to my lack of understanding and (unfortunately) dislike of math. I thought I was supposed to be a math AND science person! While I understand this statement …

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We Are All Treaty People

Sadly, upon reading the email that was sent to Mike I found myself asking “was this an intern at my high school?”. Rather white-washed and privileged, my high school graduating class would have mirrored the class described in the email, likely because we were ignorant and racist but also because we simply did not know …

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Learning From Place

I believe a lot can be said about where we are and what we are doing there. We can learn so much from venturing outside the classroom and emerging ourselves in the surroundings. So why as educators do we so often fail to recognize curriculum as place? A critical pedagogy of place in the article …

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Curriculum as Public Policy

Prior to the reading, I figured curriculum would be developed based on subject areas deemed ‘necessary’ and building upon those disciplines annually. Perhaps developed with the workforce in mind, subject areas may have been picked to fulfill jobs popular at the time it was created. I imagine life-skills would have been in consideration as well, …

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‘Commonsense’ Ideas in Education

In Against with Commonsense: Teaching and Learning Towards Social Justice, Kevin Kumashiro addresses the problematic notion that all students attend school with the same knowledge, experiences, background, and heritage. This model assumes that each student will learn the same, each student will succeed the same, each student was raised the same, each student goes to the …

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Historical Roots of Curriculum

As we have discussed, there are many different views, ideas, and strategies when it comes to creating curricula. It has shaped and been moulded tremendously throughout the history of schooling, and what was once popular could now be considered as unjust and exclusive. For example, while some of the ideas presented by John Dewey seem …

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Historical Roots of Curriculum

After discussing traditional perspectives of teaching and hearing about the Tyler Rationale, I discovered this method was widely used throughout my educational career. Beginning in kindergarten, we were tested on counting, tracing, cutting, speaking, and writing. I remember, somehow, vividly tracing a large blue whale on a paper and receiving a checkmark for my hard …

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The Problem of “Common Sense”

In the introduction of Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice by Kumashrio, common sense is introduced as simply a concept which does not connect inclusively with all people. Rather, it can be viewed as a collection of teachings, observations, and ideas taught early in life that may be used for problem solving or …

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