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Curriculum as Numeracy

Prompt 1: 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 …

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Read the World and Single Stories

Prompt 1: How was your upbringing/schooling shaped how you “read the world?” What biases and lenses do you bring to the classroom? How might we unlearn/work against these biases? Prompt 2: Which “single stories” were present in your own schooling? Whose truth mattered? I grew up in a small town most of my life. The …

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Curriculum and Policy

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? Part 2) After reading pages 1-4 of the Treaty Education document, what connections can you …

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The Importance of Treaty Education

Response Prompt: “As part of my classes for my three-week block I have picked up a Social Studies 30 course. This past week we have been discussing the concept of standard of living and looking at the different standards across Canada. I tried to introduce this concept from the perspective of the First Nations people …

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Place-Based Learning: Reinhabitation and Decolonization

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). List some of the ways …

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Reflecting on Kumashiro’s Commonsense Idea

What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the commonsense? I had a hard time thinking about what a “good” student is according to commonsense in Kumashiro’s text. He started off this chapter with a story of a girl, M. M didn’t listen or act in the same ways as the other …

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Sex Education and Curriculum in Schools

As children reach the adolescence stage of their lives, they become more interested in sex. This age range is usually around grade 7 or 8. Looking at the statistics laid out in the article “Factors Affecting Sex Education in the School System”, it is notable that like other developed nations, the United States has high …

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Smith- Curriculum Theory and Practice

What are the four models of curriculum described in the article, and what are the main benefits and/or drawbacks of each? What model(s) of curriculum were prominent in your own schooling experience?             The four models of curriculum described in the article are curriculum as product, curriculum as process, curriculum as praxis, curriculum as context. …

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Kumashiro, “Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice”

How does Kumashiro define ‘common sense?’ Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘common sense?’             In my opinion, I think, Kumashiro defines common sense as a way of knowing that is common among a group of people. For example, Kumashiro explains how the people of Nepal use rice or lentils in …

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