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Social Efficiency Ideology: Week 2

The Social Efficiency Ideology has long existed in schools across both Canada and the U.S, due to its undeniable benefits. Firstly, Ralph Tyler outlined four basic questions that educators must consider in regards to curriculum development and classroom learning practices as found in Michael Schiro’s article, “Social Efficiency Ideology”. As a result, these questions, or […] Continue reading

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ECS 210 Blog Posts- Week 1

Week 1: Response to “The Problem of Common Sense” I found Kumashiro’s article to be an incredible tool of enlightenment for both teachers and students. Not only does Kumashiro draw on his experiences of teaching in Nepal, but he contrasts it to the US’s approach. As a result, he criticizes how America utilizes its content […] Continue reading

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Inclusive Education

This week targeted inclusive education in regards to those with disabilities. As discussed in Dan Habib’s video via “TEDx Talks”, inclusive education refers to the total involvement of students with or without disabilities who are educated together in a classroom with their same age peers. Students without disabilities actually achieve greater marks in these types […] Continue reading

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Secret Path

Prior to viewing this video, I had a fairly concrete grasp on the history of residential schools as provided throughout my schooling. However, I had never heard of Chanie Wenjack or his incredible story. In 1966, this child bravely escaped from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to pursue freedom by travelling back to his home […] Continue reading

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Gender and Sexual Identity

This week focused on the vital topic regarding gender and sexual diversity. In Lisa Loutzenheiser’s article, she describes a childhood game that was once popular at her school. This game, entitled “smear the queer” consisted of students literally piling on top of one another. Within this pile, the student at the bottom was often regarded […] Continue reading

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Week 9

My initial thoughts of my CBSL placement experience were generally accurate, but not complete. Before volunteering, I had a fair understanding of Ranch Ehrlo and its operations. During my first volunteer experience, my understanding grew as I gained more insight. A few weeks ago, I helped out at an event, and met much of the […] Continue reading

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Week 8

This week’s readings targeted the experiences of beginner teachers in addition to the components of a school system. In the first article, entitled “Teachers, Administrations, and the Schools”, it discussed dismissal and tenure. In the past, female teachers were allegeable for dismissal if they got married. Fortunately, this type of firing has decreased as teachers […] Continue reading

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Week 5

For my CBSL plcement, I have been placed at an organization called Ranch Ehrlo. Recently, I volunteered there, and provided help at an event they were holding. Through my first experience, I learned three things. First, I learned more about Ranch Ehrlo and the purpose of it. Essentially, this organization was instituted to aid a […] Continue reading

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Week 7: Constructing Teacher Professionalism

This week’s readings targeted several issues, such as professionalism for public school teachers, as featured in “Teachers and the Teaching Profession”. In this article, I learned about self-regulation, which centres on the idea that teachers acquire the responsibility to define entry standards, and professionalism in the workplace. This notion is recently new, as British Columbia […] Continue reading

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Week 6: Schools and School Systems

From my readings, I learned a great deal regarding the introduction of formal education in Canada. In its earliest establishment, the government initially desired skilled male teachers, but instead “settled” for unexperienced young women. However, these women can be credited with the growth of the school system. Furthermore, there were programs and laws implemented to […] Continue reading

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