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When 1 plus 1 equals 1: rethinking mathematics for indigenous populations

In many cases math class is, or was, essentially the exact same for everybody. Counting and measuring were all integrated in a base-10 system drilled into our heads from the moment we can speak and articulate with our hands.  Mathematics is not a ‘universal’ language but rather a cultural construct used by different people over different …

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we are all treaty people

In essence, teaching about Treaties brings about a shared understanding. Coming together to commonalities so that perspectives can be voiced and understood being the main goal. Learning about the history of Canada cannot be properly done without interfacing Indigenous content. Cynthia Chambers describes learning about Treaties as a matter of learning each others stories and …

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It’s not just a place … it’s a home

The concept of decolonization throughout the article is seen in some ways. The act of elders taking students on river voyages to allow traditional ways of knowing. Reconnecting with the land is in a way connecting with a cultures ancestral home. Resistance to any form of common sense and forms of dominant ideas is a …

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The issues with curriculum

Before reading the article, it was my believe that an education committee was highly involved with trained professionals at the helm. They hand pick subjects and topics for the curriculum. After reading the article, I realize that the committee is primarily not made up entirely of education professionals. Some business and industry leaders can have …

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Additional issues regarding commonsense – Shiro

What does it mean to be a ‘good’ student? In short … conform to societies desires for you to sit and learn and to speak when spoken to. What students are privileged by being ‘good’? Students that are otherwise benefited, likely unknowingly, by maintaining the current learning and teaching methods. Those marginalized would be of …

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Which of the Gardner intelligences are you?

The famous Dr. Howard Gardner, an American psychologist, once said, “Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligences.” In this quote, Gardner states that even though we all learn and think in some different ways it is how we learn that …

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Social Efficiency Ideology – Schiro (2013)

In my early years of education I came into contact with aspects of Tyler Rationale through the means of cursive handwriting and keyboard typing lessons. In the same as in the article, the typing instructions were nearly identical in structure and for the sole purpose of streamlining a learned behavior, which was just learning how …

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The Problem of Common Sense

After having read the article and gathering some of my notes I was taking I can conclude that Kumashiro views common sense as a sort of normal condition or status quo way of thinking in the context of education. With his American upbringing his notion of education is seen as oppressive to less privileged and …

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Start of a new semester

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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