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Week 8- Mathematics

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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Week 7- Treaty Education

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? The purpose of Treaty Education is to highlight the significant impact of past injustices in relation to modern issues. Essentially, students are expected to […] Continue reading

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Week 6 +5

Week 6: Throughout the narrative, multiple examples of reinhabitation and decolonization are present. Mainly, it begins by reflecting on a 10-day river trip shared by children, adults, and elders. Specifically, the individuals “…shared their learning about the relations of the people to the lands and the related issues of governance and land management”. Together, the […] Continue reading

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Week 4- Commonsense

According to Kumashiro’s notion of commonsense, “good” students “…follow instructions, work hard, and do homework in order to learn what they are supposed to learn…”. Essentially, Kumashiro addresses the typical image of a “good” student in American schools based on his experience with commonsense. Of course, this image stands popular within Canada as well, where […] Continue reading

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Educational Quotes- Week 3

Nelson Mandela stands amongst the world’s most powerful figures in history, revolutionizing South Africa’s once discriminative political system. While his death in 2013 brought heartache, nations across the globe will never forget his profound achievements. As a result, the words spoken by Mandela will forever be remembered, and significantly valued. In regards to schooling, the […] Continue reading

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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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