Author Archives: Steph Meuchel

Mathematics

I have never experienced math as a pre-service teacher. However, I did spend the majority of my elementary school and high school having to take math classes. I think the main aspects of teaching and learning of mathematics in relation to oppression is how our math curriculum takes a wholly European world view. For example,Continue reading “Mathematics” Continue reading

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A Single Story

In my upbringing and schooling, western perspective and values were seen as very important. My family is Scottish, they were born and raised in the UK before they moved here, and I am first generation Canadian, so my family life was very European based. In school, our curriculum and the knowledge taught were very western-basedContinue reading “A Single Story” Continue reading

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Citizenship

Citizenship was a large part of the hidden curriculum in my elementary schooling, and a part of the written curriculum during my high school education. For example, in my elementary school, we had citizenship awards for students, we did food drives, or in grade 8, we would lead play days or a school fair forContinue reading “Citizenship” Continue reading

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A Letter Regarding Treaty Education

Dear pre-internship student, This is a tough situation that you are dealing with. Trying to teach and foster an understanding of Indigenous education to a group that appears to not care is a challenge. The best advice I can give is to start from the beginning. The class you are teaching is mainly grade 11Continue reading “A Letter Regarding Treaty Education” Continue reading

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Levin and Treaty Education

According to the Levin article, politics is how the school curriculum is developed and implemented. Levin claims that politics affect public policies, and these policies are what form our education system – including the curriculum.  Policies govern just about every aspect of education—what schooling is provided, how, to whom, in what form, by whom, withContinue reading “Levin and Treaty Education” Continue reading

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Working Towards Decolonization

The narrative in the paper focuses on rehabilitation and decolonization by focusing on youth. The paper stresses the importance of Indigenous future generations are with the youth, and a central part of regaining Indigenous knowledge and decolonization is reintroducing them to their culture. We see this reconnection when the paper discusses the importance of IndigenousContinue reading “Working Towards Decolonization” Continue reading

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The “Good Student”

At the beginning of chapter 2 of the reading commonsense, a good student is someone who can listen to instructions, take turns speaking, and can focus for long amounts of time. This account is problematic. However, by the end of the chapter, the author has seemed to come to a conclusion through their experience andContinue reading “The “Good Student”” Continue reading

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A Critical Summary

The journal article “Teaching under the New Taylorism: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of the 21st Century Curriculum” written by Wayne Au, focuses on the standardization of education in the 21st century. In order to explore this topic, Au focuses on what standardization means for the teacher, and how it affects what is being taught,Continue reading “A Critical Summary” Continue reading

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The Tyler Rationale

Looking back in my schooling, I see many instances of the Tyler rationale. As students, we were taught. We never explored subject areas not being taught, we never learned about what interested us as students, unless it constantly happens to be part of the curriculum, we were graded on scales and given sheets of paperContinue reading “The Tyler Rationale” Continue reading

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“Commonsense”

I found that Kumashiro defines “commonsense” as the status quo, or the norm. That the way education is structured, the way it is taught, and what is taught, is the normal and is therefore common sense. For example, in the reading Kumashiro describes that school being taught September-June in the Western school system is commonContinue reading “”Commonsense”” Continue reading

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