Author Archives: Ashlyn Helmeczi

Curriculum as Numeracy

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

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Against Common Sense

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 ma… Continue reading

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Citizenship

What examples of citizenship education do you remember from your K-12 schooling? What types of citizenship (e.g. which of the three types mentioned in the article) were the focus? Explore what this approach to the curriculum made (im)possible in regards to citizenship. Lots of times the idea of citizenship education is seen as lesser importance… Continue reading

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Treaty Education

Dear Intern, I am sorry to hear that your school and Co-op teacher are not supporting Treaty Education as it is so important and needs to be embedded into classrooms. It is our job to teach Treaty Education, so your Co-op and the other teachers in the school are not doing their job. Treaty Education… Continue reading

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Curriculum Development and Implementation

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Learning From Place

The article suggests that a “critical pedagogy of place” aims to: (a) identify, recover, and create material spaces and places that teach us how to live well in our total environments (reinhabitation); and (b) identify and change ways of thinking that injure and exploit other people and places (decolonization) (p.74). Ways of Reinhabitation: Throughout the 10-day river… Continue reading

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Who is the ‘Good’ Student?

What does it mean to be a “good” student? According to Kumashiro and common-sense, a “good” student is defined as someone who is willing to learn, completes assignments, gets high grades, and follows directions. Kumashiro states that to be a good student you need to “be the kind of student that schools and society often… Continue reading

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A Glimpse of My Curriculum Summary

Race within the Hidden Curriculum: A Critical Summary of Race and Culture in the Classroom
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Curriculum Development – Tyler Rationale

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Common Sense

Kumashiro defines ‘common sense’ as something that everyone should know. Common sense is having good judgement and a clear understanding of a specific concept or idea. However, like Kumashiro explains, common sense varies across the globe. Things that seem normal in Canada (or like common sense), may be different in another country. Kumarshiro notices common… Continue reading

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