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Curriculum Policy and Politics

How do I imagine curricula are developed? When I think of how curricula are developed my mind instantly jumps to those that will be using it to teach, teachers! I can imagine a bunch of seasoned teachers brought together by the government to discuss their collective area of interest and expertise in order to define […] Continue reading

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ECS Summary of Learning

This has been one heck of a semester! I have really enjoyed all of the learning that I have done in this class and am so grateful that I decided to take it! Below is Sydney McGrath and I’s Summary of Learning where we chronicled our learning journey in ECS 210! Check it out! To […] Continue reading

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Jagged Worldviews and Oppressive Math

When I think back to my schooling experience, specifically the many math classes that I took over the years, it never occurred to me that something like math could be oppressive. Not only does the way we talk about, view, and value math have roots in prioritizing some peoples over others, but it also has […] Continue reading

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Am I A “Good” Citizen?

It was always my experience in all my years in grade school that the approach my classes had toward citizenship fit into the category of Personal Responsibility. There was a focus around holiday time for students to fill shoeboxes to help kids around the world have Christmas gifts and the focus of any community-oriented activity […] Continue reading

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Treaty Ed? Or, Settler Ed?

For this week’s blog post, we were tasked with responding to the following email excerpt. This student is struggling to introduce Indigenous perspectives in their Social Studies 30 class. Their co-op teacher is not supporting them in their struggles and it is probably making it even more difficult for her to bring the ideas to […] Continue reading

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Learning From Place

“Learning from Place” defines reinhabitation as the act of “identify[ing], recover[ing], and creat[ing] material spaces and places that teach us how to live well in our total environments” (p. 74). Further, decolonization is defined as the act of “identify[ing] and chang[ing] ways of thinking that injure and exploit other people and places” (p. 74). It […] Continue reading

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Who has the Privilege to Learn Comfortably?

The commonsense notion of a “good” student implies that we want all students to be silent, obedient, and capable of learning in only one way. According to the commonsense, “good” students are able to sit at their desks all day and absorb information that is told to them by their instructor. They are not supposed […] Continue reading

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“Education is inherently an ethical and political act.”

The quote that I have chosen to use for this post is one by Michael Apple. Michael Apple was one of the great minds that sustained Critical Pedagogy. I believe that this quote aligns itself with my own views on education! “Education is inherently an ethical and political act.” – Michael Apple I believe that […] Continue reading

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Curriculum Theory and Practice: The Tyler Rationale

After reading Smith’s Curriculum theory and practice, it is no doubt that I experience the Tyler rationale in my own schooling. As it is widely used across Canada I can image it influenced much of the curriculum development and delivery at many, many schools across the country. In my own schooling experience, I can definitely […] Continue reading

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Kumashiro and Commonsense

In Kumashiro’s article “The Problem of Commonsense,” he defines common sense as a set of things that “everyone should know” (Kumashiro, 2009, p. XXIX). In his article, he encounters many situations in which the common sense of the people in the community around him differs from his own pre-conceived ideas about the same situations. He […] Continue reading

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