• ECS 210 BLOG

    Curriculum as Numeracy

    In this week’s article, Leroy Little Bear writes, “storytelling is a very important part of the educational process. It is through stories that customs and values are taught and shared.” I enjoyed this moment of Little Bear’s writing. I agree with this statement and look forward to incorporating stories in my future classroom. The Inuit language is based on oral…

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    Citizenship Education

    I attended one (Catholic) elementary school for grades one to eight. I guess, after that, I became a bit of a wanderer when it came to high school. I attended three different high schools (one catholic, two public) and a fourth after I graduated to upgrade some classes. One semester of grade 11 was spent in the HCAP (High school…

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    Treaty Education

    I feel the need to start my post by agreeing with Dwayne Donald’s comment, “many teachers are simply not equipped to teach Aboriginal subjects.” Personally, I attended schools throughout elementary and high school that incorporated Indigenous education. It has been about ten years since I graduated high school and know that things have changed in that time. Although I did…

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    Policy and Curriculum

    The article by Levin, “Curriculum Policy and the Politics of What Should be Learned in Schools,” discusses school curriculum and how it is implemented and developed. Levin defines curriculum as “an official statement of what students are expected to know and be able to do” (pg 8). The article was a pretty dense read, and some concepts became hard to…

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    The “Good Student”

    A “good” student, according to the commonsense article, starts with a classroom where the teacher is in control. There is an incredible amount of pressure from schools and society to produce a certain kind of student. Our commonsense model looks a little like identifying what we want the students to know at certain times through the curriculum, standardized exams and…

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    Kumashiro & “Commonsense”

    Kumashiro talks about and defines common sense in multiple ways. It is all about what everyone considers “normal” and the expected practices, created by social pressures. He also explains that common sense gives us some sense of comfort because it helps make sense of our everyday lives. According to Kumashiro, it can offer an insight into content and ease as…