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Let’s Do the Math

Think back on your experiences of the teaching and learning of mathematics — were there aspects of it that were oppressive and/or discriminating for you or other students? When I think back to my educational career in mathematics, I cannot find a specific moment where I remember thinking “wow this is oppressive”. Of course, this … Continue reading “Let’s Do the Math” Continue reading

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Do Not Give In

Dear Intern,   I have read your email regarding the issues you are facing within your classroom and I ask you not to become discouraged. While this is an uphill battle within many schools due to a lack of education with regards to First Nation content, simply doing nothing or bowing down to the majority, … Continue reading “Do Not Give In” Continue reading

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Yes, but WHAT IS Curriculum?

How do you think that school curricula are developed? With only a little prior knowledge of how school curricula are developed, I can make an educated guess. Based on prior knowledge, I know that curricula are developed by teachers in the field. When curricula need to be renewed, expanded, etc. teachers with expertise in the … Continue reading “Yes, but WHAT IS Curriculum?” Continue reading

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Who is a “good” Student? Is there such a thing?

What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the commonsense? Which students are privileged by this definition of the good student? What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these commonsense ideas? Commonsense is defined as the culture of rules and regulations that society lives in and dictates as safe and functional. … Continue reading “Who is a “good” Student? Is there such a thing?” Continue reading

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“What a child can do today with assistance, she will be able to do by herself tomorrow”

“What a child can do today with assistance, she will be able to do by herself tomorrow” is a quote by Lev Vygotsky. He was known for his work as a psychologist in Soviet Russia. He was considered the founder of an unfinished theory of human social and bio-cultural development. This quote speaks to me … Continue reading ““What a child can do today with assistance, she will be able to do by herself tomorrow”” Continue reading

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The Tyler Rationale

This weeks’ reading focused heavily on the Tyler Rationale. Firstly, the “Tyler Rationale” is a practical approach to curriculum development. Within the article, the “Tyler Rationale” appears to be a very straight-forward and conservative approach to delivering curriculum to students. This definition definitely fit into my small town school. A) My small-town-farming-community-style education definitely fit … Continue reading “The Tyler Rationale” Continue reading

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Common sense and Oppression

Within Kumashiro’s article; Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice, Kumashiro discusses two different forms of common sense. He calls them the “American way” and the “Nepali way”. Both of these forms of common sense are radically different and are considered the “way” in which things are run in each country’s school system. For instance, … Continue reading “Common sense and Oppression” Continue reading

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