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Summary of Learning

Summary of Learning

Over the past few weeks I have learned a lot about curriculum. I learned that curriculum is so much more than a document that presents a framework for classroom material (as I previously discussed in my blog). There is so much more to understand about it as we examine how it is created and implemented (Levin), and further as our biases and lenses impact its actual presentation – both outright stated and not (that is hidden curriculum, as I looked…

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Curriculum as Numeracy and as Literacy

Curriculum as Numeracy and as Literacy

Numeracy “Until recently, mathematics was looked at as a universal language. After all, no matter where we are, ‘two plus two equals four’. This conception of mathematics as universal language is being challenged. Different cultures have developed different mathematical tools according to their needs and their environment, and the Inuit community is no exception” (p. 54). Teaching mathematics and the Inuit community by Poirier (2007) Gale Russell stated, “mathematics education has tried to maintain a singular order and a singular…

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Citizenship Education

Citizenship Education

Citizenship Education ties into many aspects of school, meaning that without necessarily realizing, we learn what makes a good citizen, and how to effectively function as a “good” member of society. Westheimer, J. & Kahne, J.’s article discussed three types of citizens. “What kind of citizen do we need to support an effective democratic society? In mapping the terrain that surrounds answers to this question, we found that three visions of ‘citizenship’ were particularly helpful in making sense of the variation:…

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Treaty Ed and FNMI Content and Perspectives in the Classroom

Treaty Ed and FNMI Content and Perspectives in the Classroom

Response: Many individuals today are still coming to see the importance of something like Treaty Ed as it was never in schools years ago. If we don’t see the importance of it, it can be overwhelming to add “another thing” to the list of what needs to be taught. So, I would encourage you to be patient and understanding towards those in the school. Welcome questions and discussions to create an environment where students, and teachers, can share concerns with…

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Reshaping My Views on School Curriculum and Treaty Education

Reshaping My Views on School Curriculum and Treaty Education

According to Levin’s article, developing and implementing school curricula is a timely process that involves input from many individuals and groups, with some having more voice then others. It is further influenced by societal factors. As Levin states, “[e]very education policy decision can be seen as being, in some sense, a political decision” (p. 8). In reality this makes sense because so many aspects of our lives are influenced by politics. As the article further stated, “[g]overnments are in some sense responsible…

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What Makes a Good Student?

What Makes a Good Student?

When I think of a “good” student I think of a student who… pays attention in class finishes work on time respects those around them raises a hand to correctly answer a question gets good grades  In ECS 210 this past week we looked at the importance placed on a few areas in schools. In general, we agreed that student punctuality, good behaviour, and ability to do well on a test were believed to be important. Although we may see…

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Making Sense of Common Sense

Making Sense of Common Sense

When we think of common sense we think of things we believe everyone should know. It is the way things “should be”. We think of having common sense to brush our teeth, to get dressed in the morning, to wear warmer clothes in forty below winter weather, and more. Collins dictionary defines common sense as “your natural ability to make good judgments and to behave in a practical and sensible way”. We believe everyone should have a level of common sense, and are…

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