Author Archives: Samarastenson

Mathematics & Authentic Understandings:

At the beginning of the reading, Leroy Little Bear (2000) states that colonialism “tries to maintain a singular social order by means of force and law, suppressing the diversity of human worldviews. … Typically, this proposition creates oppression and discrimination” (p. 77). Think back on your experiences of the teaching and learning of mathematics — … Continue reading Mathematics & Authentic Understandings: Continue reading

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Looking Beyond Our Personal Biases and Lenses:

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? My upbringing through schooling has shaped the way I read the world by being able to recognize and understand social cues in society. Coming from … Continue reading Looking Beyond Our Personal Biases and Lenses: Continue reading

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Citizenship:

What examples of citizenship education do you remember from your K-12 schooling? There is controversy whether or not citizenship should be taught in schools. One perspective advocates for schools to be job training institutions where as the other perspective supports students to seek personal values, character, and critical thinking to be active members in society. … Continue reading Citizenship: Continue reading

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Understanding Treaty Education and our Identity in Place:

  1. What is the purpose of teaching Treaty Ed (specifically) or First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) Content and Perspectives (generally) where there are few or no First Nations, Metis, Inuit peoples? I, Samara Stenson would like to acknowledge that I am a white settler Canadian currently living on Treaty 4 land. Although I … Continue reading Understanding Treaty Education and our Identity in Place: Continue reading

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Curriculum Policy And The Politics Of What Should Be Learned In Schools:

Part 1: According to the Levin article, how are school curricula developed and implemented? What new information/perspectives does this reading provide about the development and implementation of school curriculum? Is there anything that surprises you or maybe that concerns you? According to the Levin article, school curriculum decisions and processes are highly depended off of … Continue reading Curriculum Policy And The Politics Of What Should Be Learned In Schools: Continue reading

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Incorporating And Considering Space While Teaching:

List some of the ways that you see reinhabitation and decolonization happening throughout the narrative. Throughout the narrative, it is evident that reinhabitation and decolonization were present. For example, Concerns came when discoveries of the Ring of Fire mineral deposits west of the community were and brought pressures from mining companies and the federal government to … Continue reading Incorporating And Considering Space While Teaching: Continue reading

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“Good” Student Qualities:

What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the common sense? According to our conceptions of common sense, a “good” student is defined as one who listens well to instructions, can sit for a long period of time while remaining quiet, and one who follows basic academic concepts. Our definition of a … Continue reading “Good” Student Qualities: Continue reading

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A Critical Summary of Aesthetic Experience and Curriculum 

 Thus far for assignment 1, I have chosen the topic of aesthetic experiences and curriculum. From the list of scholars, Maxine Greene caught my attention.   Aesthetic experiences play a role in curriculum studies. Aesthetic education is an approach to learning and teaching which engages students in learning about works of art through everyday life. … Continue reading A Critical Summary of Aesthetic Experience and Curriculum  Continue reading

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Developing Curriculum from a Traditionalist Perspective

(a) The ways in which you may have experience the Tyler rationale in your own schooling; It is evident that the Tyler rationale is used in current schooling. I am finding it difficult to connect the Tyler rationale to my own personal experience of learning because as a student, I never gave curriculum a thought. … Continue reading Developing Curriculum from a Traditionalist Perspective Continue reading

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What is “commonsense”? Why is it important to pay attention to the “commonsense”?

Kumashiro defines “commonsense” as embedded practices in the way of teaching and learning. Along with “commonsense” other words pop into my head such as reinforcement, consistency, ingrained, traditions, and norms. All of these words follow the concept that make us think that this is the way things are “supposed” to be. A quotation throughout the … Continue reading What is “commonsense”? Why is it important to pay attention to the “commonsense”? Continue reading

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