Summary of Learning Video
- How has your upbringing/schooling shaped how you you “read the world?” What biases and lenses do you bring to the classroom? How might we unlearn / work against these biases?
- Which “single stories” were present in your own schooling? Whose truth mattered?
As I grew up I learned a lot of conflicting ideas towards my race from two different perspectives. I grew up learning in what seemed like two completely different worlds. On one side I was learning from my life on reserve and another side I was learning from my life in school – off reserve. I went to school in a small town that was situated near three reserves. The towns perspectives on First Nations people was either good or bad and usually what I saw was bad. In an area where there was a lot of tension about race I felt that the school tried their best to stay away from that type of learning. I had learned pretty much nothing about another race in school. In my schooling I learned that anything that is discomforting to learn or talk about is best untouched. I learnt in a very western and Eurocentric view and it had made me see the world in a “white” lens. We had often learned from a white perspective. In schools I learned that the only history or race worth learning about was that of the majority. When any other race was tossed into the equation it was never positive or in good light. I had found that within schools minorities or people of color are never represented and when they are it’s negative. What I learnt of different races including my own was that they were never seen in a good and fair lens. I would often go home and relay what I had learnt in school and my dad, with years of inflicted racism weighted on his shoulders, would always tell me “it’s because you’re Indian”. It wasn’t something that you should tell your daughter but it caused me to think about these two completely different worlds in which I lived and the two different perspectives that I was trying to see from. I would learn about the great explorer Christopher Columbus in schools and go home and learn about the sacred war chiefs that fought endlessly for their land while on the brink of starvation. I had constantly been torn between two lenses and had finally been taken over of that of the white.
We are filled with stereotypes from a young age and half the time we don’t even notice it. It’s not just race that we learn about through our upbringing/schooling that enforce these stereotypes it’s also binaries. I’ve learnt about what is acceptable and normal within society and what isn’t acceptable or normal. I learnt that through my teachers and society as a whole I had inherited their lenses. I found myself trying to be what they wanted me to be. I began trying my best to be someone else, someone who didn’t fit First Nation stereotypes. I tried my best to be a good student, sat quietly and did my work. I would learn that only certain content and information was worth learning and the rest of the material that was discomforting was not to be talked about. Prior to this class I would have been bringing a bias towards what looks like a good student and what does not. Prior to university I would have been bringing a bias toward my own race because of what I was taught growing up. It pains me to say this but I was never proud of who I was until I started attending University. It had taken me a long time to accept who I was and where I came from. I had realized that these stereotypes have stories behind them – stories about colonization, systematic racism, oppression, and white privilege.
Ultimately I’m growing and I’m changing. I would like to think that I don’t have bias lenses anymore but I know that that can’t be completely true. I’m not sure what biases I have until I find myself thinking in a way that is unfair. I can’t tell myself to not look through bias lenses, I can only promise myself that I will recognize when I do and when I do I will correct myself. I understand that our journeys are never fully filled with knowledge and with that I know that I will constantly be learning. I think that for myself to not see through my lenses that I unknowingly have because they have been embedded in my upbringing and education is going to take time. Individuals want to say that they’re not racist just like I want to say that I’m not bias but is that completely true? I think I would be lying to myself if I said yes. I can only promise that I will constantly be willing to correct myself as I grow. I will constantly be learning different perspectives so that I don’t have a narrow lens. I will work so that my lenses are always fair. I will always leave room for discomforting learning in my classroom because I know that I’m teaching what needs to be taught. I will thrive to achieve for my students to feel the way I never felt growing up. Proud of who they are and where they come from.
The following video is my powerpoint for my summary of learning in ECS 210. I have included the information on the evolution of my understanding and education regarding curriculums and the impact teachers have on presenting the information in interesting and impactful ways. I have learned many aspects of curriculum including the procedures for producing them and how to teach them in respectful and meaningful ways as well. As a teacher, I hope to use the information I have included in this short video to make my students enjoy their learning experiences all the while including all the required material that curriculum dictate.
For ECS 210, we were required to make a video that showcased the important things we learnt in ECS 210.
For my project, I worked with Brooklynn Seck and we created a funny YouTube video.
Here is my summary of learning project! I hope you enjoy!
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For one of our assignments in ECS 210 we have to hand in four of our blogs to be graded. Here are the links for my four blogs:
Thanks for reading my blogs!
Here are the four blog posts I would like you to read! English Literature (Against Common Sense). https://brooklynnseck.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/english-literature-against-common-sense/ Perspective with Mathematics. https://brooklynnseck.wordpress.com/2019/03/15/perspective-with-mathematics/ Treaty Education. https://brooklynnseck.wordpress.com/2019/03/03/treaty-education/ Learning from Place. https://brooklynnseck.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/learning-from-place/ Thank you! Brooklynn
- a) One way how the Tyler rationale is related to my schooling is that I would see they would have one main goal they want to reach in the curriculum. That is good to have a goal but at the same time it leads to many other things that are forgotten that teachers should also focus on. Since teachers are alway every busy they won’t have time to think of those forgotten details especially if there is this one goal they need to achieve in the curriculum.
- b) The limitations it had was it didn’t really give a clear idea of what should be done. There were main points that were stated but at the same time there are many other things that are related to that that i believe should be mentioned for a teacher to accomplish with her/ his students. Some expectations can’t apply on every student or even schools so that would be the main issue for that.
- c) the positive outcomes that i saw from it was that it lead teachers to think outside the box too. Yes it did give basic tasks but at the same time naturally a teacher would want o know more and try a different way so it would help teacher spring up new creative way of teaching or improving the curriculum. In general it does help a teacher in many ways and in that case that means we can see improvement in the near future hopefully.
I chose the quote from Grundy (1987 : 105)
It makes it possible because both learners and teachers are always learning together and it is the teachers job to get them ready in the real world but the one thing that is impossible to do is to make every single student do what the quote is saying. Not every student thinks the same and some learn differently, a teacher can’t change every student in just nine months. I feel this quote is saying that both teachers and students struggle and that is why we need to be there for each other and show the students how to get over their oppression. This is related to curriculum because any thing students take this quote can apply to it. These are things that are related to our everyday life and it would be useful for students to learn and teachers to teach because when teachers teach they are also learning about different cases that they are going through with each student.
I always thought that school curricula were developed by teachers. I always thought that it always had to be just the teachers because they are the ones that are teaching but it turns out no. A huge part of the curricula is developed by people that are just in the upper hand and that have more control in the education system. What really surprised me was that the whole curricula is opinion based on what is important and what is not. The people that are going to need the curricula the most are the students but the thing is that students are not asked anything about the curricula or what they would want to learn or what they’re lacking in for learning. I am not saying that we do whatever the students want but i do believe they have a say in part of it. Curricula seems to me more like a business than actually trying to spread knowledge to the schools. I am seeing more of “which textbooks are purchased more” rather than “which textbook is more useful.” I believe that there should be more teacher and student involvement in the curricula if we actually want to see a difference in the curricula and education system.
- a) I was always taught that if you want to be rich and successful then you have to study a lot. I was never taught taught that we should do what is best for us or most importantly know how to make a difference in this world. The bias that i always had was that if you have more education then you are better than someone that early has an education and that is only because that is what i was taught in school. I think a good way to unlearn this is sharing our experiences and and proving to the younger generation to how this is all wrong.
- b) In the stories we took in school it was alway about the British and how they were the heroes. It wouldn’t say it in an obvious way rather it would be in a subtle way. When it came to who’s truth mattered it was always the text because that is where we get all our knowledge from. Sadly the text could say anything but we still saw it as the truth.