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Blog One

Kumashiro idea of commonsense is the knowledge that everyone in a region knows without any effort of thinking. Kumashiro thinks that the idea of commonsense is something that is comfortable for people and that it the commonsense that helps make people’s life’s easier. Commonsense is also seen as a good way for people to stay in routine, the commonsense helps make a person life more into a patterns. Kumashiro also believes that commonsense is the thought of what should be taught, but instead commonsense is what will be taught.

It is very important to pay attention to commonsense because it helps with our decision making and helps us make decisions on quickly about simple things. Commonsense is helpful in all aspects of life, people can use it at work to make decisions on their tasks for the day and in relationships by just making it easier to connect. Paying attention to commonsense can help people because it can help people see who other person is and what they care about by what they know. Seeing commonsense helps people connect to each other because it gives an insight on others.

Blog 2

Going through the school systems have lots of different teachers, some of the teachers are very well organized and have to the correct skills to get the point across while others lack in some of those skills needed. With Tyler’s rationale I was able to connect my own experiences with some of the points that were made. First point was that students have little to know say in what is being taught in the curriculum, I found this true because while going through school I was never asked about how to better the curriculum or asked about what I think we should learn throughout the school year. Second as students we were told what we would be learning and that would be it, the students wouldn’t be able to give suggests to the curriculum. Thirdly the teachers taught students off the curriculum like it was shopping list and they had to get everything checked off before the student was able move onto the next grade or class.

            The limitations of Tyler’s rationale is that access the learning experiences for students is very hard to judge because each student learns in a different way and each student take away different learning  from  the experiences. Tyler’s way of learning also makes it hard for students to learn a whole part of a subject because how the curriculum is being taught students are often taught only parts of what they need to know to succeed. Tyler’s other thing that is made difficult is unanticipated results, the way the curriculum gets set up is that some parts of the learning is overlooked because of trying to meet objectives.

            Some potential benefits that are made possible because of Tyler’s rationale are that Tyler wants to get schools and curriculum more focused on setting objectives and organization of schools to meet them, this is good because it helps the teacher know exactly what they have to teach. Tyler’s rationale also gets the students to look more into social efficiency and that is beneficial because the student become more aware of what they need to know for the future. 

Blog 3

In the article, Silencing Aboriginal Curricular Content and Perspective through Multiculturalism: There are other children here by Verna St. Denis. The main focus of the article is to show that the curriculum that is being taught in schools now a days is very white focused and that other cultures and backgrounds are being ignored. “This article explores how multicultural discourses impact the reception of Aboriginal teachers, and the Aboriginal knowledge, history, and experience they bring into Canadian public schools.” (Denis, 306). The article, goes on to break down multicultural policy and legislation in Canada and then goes on to talk about the criticisms of multiculturalism and then goes onto talk about the reasons the aboriginals in Canada have rejected multiculturalism. The article also goes into details about two studies on two aboriginal teachers and how they try to get aboriginal content into the their own teaching and into the public schools in general.

My plan for moving on for assignment #1 is to keep looking for different articles that involve multiculturalism. I hope to build on what I have learned with Denis theory and keep finding information that will make my paper stronger and more convincing for the reader. The information I hope to find both relates to what Denis is saying, but I also want to find some articles that disagree with what she is saying.

Blog 4

What it means to be a Good Student

My idea of a good student is a study that sits in front of the room for their classes. The student does all of their work on time and always does the assigned homework, and the student always achieves good marks no matter the class. The students that are privileged by the definition of a “good” student are the kids that come from a wealthy or middle class home, the students have lots of support from people around them. The thing that is made impossible to see because of the common-sense idea is that lots of students do struggle with what appear to be easy tasks, but they never got the support or help to learn how to do them.

Blog Five

In the article “Learning from Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowuk Ways of Knowing” the rein habitation and decolonization is shown in many different ways with lots of different examples. Some of the big examples of decolonization were the elders teaching the children about the language and telling them different stories in the radio interview, this was important because it will pass the stories down for generations. Another example is the article talks about the First Nations connecting back to the land and how everything connects to each other.

As a future teacher I think that it is very important that Indigenous culture is incorporated in to the classroom and the students learning. I think that being a lifelong learner is important for learning about new cultures because there is always away to be more accepting to other and their believes. I think the way I would try to teach this is taking the students to a museum or something outside the classroom to give them a more full experience about Indigenous culture because I don’t think I could teach the whole subject the way it is meant to be taught.

Blog #6

Part #1

Throughout the reading it was clear that the curricula was developed and implemented largely through the use of politics. The government has lots of control over the how the curriculum is made and used because how they make their policies and enforce how they are taught, who teachers them, to whom they are being taught to and what resources each class get. The newest information that I found interesting about the article is how much say a government does have on the education system and how teachers and actually educators get very little say in what they will be teaching. The thing that surprised me was that the government has almost all of the control about the curricula and what is being taught and that other such as parents, students, teachers, and others have very little say and opinions that the government take into consideration.

 Part #2

The main connections that I see in the articles and treaty education is that the government is connected to both. With the article they tie into government focused policies for education and for the treaty education the goals for what they hope to teach within the curriculum. Some tensions I could see while the development of the treaty education is that there would be say from non- aboriginal people and that may create conflict with the aboriginal people. Another problem that may come up is that the curriculum won’t be able to cover every group of Aboriginals and that may upset those Aboriginals. And lastly the government might get push back from parents that don’t want their children to learn about the history of education.

Blog #7

1: The purpose of teaching Treaty Ed in school in Saskatchewan is to teach the about the land that they are living on and about the people that lived on the land before us. I also think that teaching about treaties is a good way to learn about the history of Canada. I also think that First Nations and others should be taught in Canada because they can provide beneficial knowledge to all students about all different types of things such as medicine, how to survive in Canada’s weather and history of Canada people. If a teacher was unable to teach about the treaties in a way they found fit they could have someone with more experience come in to help them learn more or even have them just teach the students.

2: For me the statement “We are all treaty people” means that all people that live inside any of the treaties no matter their background are all connected through the treaties. I think that the statement connects all of us that live on the land and is a good way of teaching about the past, and that we can use the knowledge that the treaties bring to help correct our past so we can continue to grow for the future.

Blog #8

The examples of citizenship education I had throughout my school was very low, I don’t remember learning anything till at least grade 10 and even in the learning with the last few years of school it was very broad and low in detail. The few activities I do remember learning about citizenship ed was learning about how people could get a visa to come into the country and just a general topic of how refugees come to different countries. Some other examples I learned about citizenship was through taking to people in my class and learning about their different cultures and background that they come from. Sports also helped me because we had a wide variety of athletes that came from all over the world and we would be able to teach each other about the different foods we eat and the different things we celebrate with our families. The type of citizenship that was focused on was The Personally Responsible Citizen because we were basically taught through school just be good people and to make sure we took care of the society and care about each other. This was the approach because our teachers wanted the students to grow and be good functioning members of the society.

Blog #9

  1. My upbringing is very average for your average Saskatchewan person, I grew up in a farming and oil community that had a majority of white people living there. The books that I had and read throughout school that shaped me were lot of very common story books and novels. When younger I started with the book “holes” and then worked my way up to Shakespeare in my later years. These books shaped me to look at the world as a white world and that other cultures were inferior to whites. The bias that I seen throughout my schooling was we we’re taught that white culture is the most important of any culture, our school learned about heterosexuality and never learned about any of the other types of sexuality and we got taught that university was the moat important thing and that people entering the workforce were less important for society. Ways that I think that I could fix these bias for myself is that to keep furthering my education and keep learning about new subjects everyday. I think this would be a effective method because it would show different views of people life and give me a better understanding of things happening in the world.
  • “Single Stories” that I remember in my classroom are of the normal American family with a dad, mom and two kids. The stories I read were very European style and never had anything that went against what society seen as the “average family”. The people in the stories that mattered were mostly white and not very much about any other cultures. The only other cultures that were mentioned were African- American, when talking about racism. But besides talking about racism all the other stories were white based stories.

Blog #10

Blog #10

            Leroy Bear starts of his article by saying  “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.” With saying that Bear I think is trying to say that the world only ever sees one view of the world and doesn’t take other perspectives into consideration or if they do only a little bit. And doing that creates problems in society with certain groups thinking they are better then other.

            Thinking back to my experiences in math I was one of the students that wasn’t discriminated against because I fit what would be an average Canadian, I am a white male that was born in Saskatchewan, so I fit the average mold. There were some things that were discriminating or left out when it came to learning math. Some of those things were that in the textbooks and with all the photos and examples different cultures are rarely used for examples, if different cultures are used there is never a picture. The picture throughout the different textbooks offer very little for Aboriginal or other people who don’t fit the social norm.

            Three ways that Inuit mathematics challenge Eurocentric ideas about math are: the Inuit first start teaching math in their own language Inuktitut, and then from grade 3 on they switch to rather English or French. This is different from other ways of learning math because most cultures only use one language so students won’t get confused when the language switches. Secondly the Inuit develop spatial representation quicker then city kids because they work more with their hands then other kids. Thirdly the children tend to learn less with a pencil and paper and more with a observing others and what they do.

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