Author Archives: Christie Mason

Summary of Learning

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Math

I have never considered myself a math person. While I was growing up learning math was very rote, practice and drill, formulas and memorization. I have a firm grasp on the multiplication table so maybe not all bad. Learning math as a kid and even as an adult has been for me at least, fraughtContinue reading “Math” Continue reading

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Single Stories and Single Lenses

Some of the bias that I bring into the classroom are meritocracy and work ethic. I was raised and schooled to think that if you applied yourself in life then good things were going to happen for you. The older I got the more I came to understand that this was not true. I wasContinue reading “Single Stories and Single Lenses” Continue reading

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School Curricula development

      School curricula development is a multi-faceted process with many people responsible for the final outcome of the curriculum document. Politics are involved at every level, from inception through implementation. Policy makers, teachers, parents, stake holders, and even academia have a measure of a self-serving agenda. They are constantly trying to get intoContinue reading “School Curricula development” Continue reading

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The Importance of Treaty Education

      Dear Student, It sounds like you are in a tough spot. Thank you for taking your job seriously by incorporating treaty education into your social studies lesson. While it is important to listen to and follow your co-op teachers lead, it is of equal importance to follow your heart and do whatContinue reading “The Importance of Treaty Education” Continue reading

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Learning From Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowuk Ways of Knowing

Some of the ways that I saw reinhabitation and decolonization take place in this article is by the inter-generational learning.  There were multi-generations taking back their traditional ways of knowing. While learning what it means to be a relative of the land and water. Multi-generations of people learned while going on a ten-day trip downContinue reading “Learning From Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowuk Ways of Knowing” Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to be a Good Student?

In this article the good student is a student who is obedient, asks the right questions, does the assignment correctly and learns what the teacher wants them to learn. The privileged students are the ones who learn this way, have the same world view as the curriculum creators and do not challenge the status quo.Continue reading “What Does it Mean to be a Good Student?” Continue reading

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History of Education

In the History of Education textbook from the 19th century race was used to put people into a hierarchy with Western people being at the top.  People from the East were credited for some contributions to the betterment of humankind, but according to the education book, their societies had not progressed since those contributions wereContinue reading “History of Education” Continue reading

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Concept: Hidden Curriculum

I read an article in the JOURNAL OF CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY written by Cassie J. Brownell. The name of the article is, “Starting Where You Are, Revisiting What You Know: A letter to a First-year Teacher Addressing the Hidden Curriculum.” The structure of the article is laid out like in letter form. Brownell is aContinue reading “Concept: Hidden Curriculum” Continue reading

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 Smith’s Four Models of Curriculum Theory and Practice

          The four models that Smith lays out in his (1996,2000) article are: “Curriculum as a body of knowledge to be transmitted. Curriculum as an attempt to achieve certain ends in students- product. Curriculum as process. Curriculum as praxis” (p.2). The problem with thinking about curriculum in such concrete ways isContinue reading ” Smith’s Four Models of Curriculum Theory and Practice” Continue reading

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