A Summary of My Learning

I learned so much throughout this semester, and it has shaped who I will become as teacher. I have learned so much about curriculum and treaty ed, which will definitely help me in the future. Looking back on all of my blog posts I can see the growth in myself, and how I challenged myself and my beliefs.

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Gender in the Classroom

A major concern I have in my future classroom is dealing with gender and breaking free of biases. Unknowingly we will often treat girls and boys different, and in reality, there should be no difference. We should be trying to treat our students equitably regardless of gender.  I remember in my classroom being treated different from the boys and the same occurred for the boys. The boys were always labelled the troublemakers and the girls rarely could do anything wrong. I remember only “strong boys” would be allowed to help move desks etc. This bothers me because what are we teaching? Are we teaching that girls are weak and incapable? Are we teaching that boys have to be strong and tough all of the time?

I want to break free of these stereotypical gender norms in the classroom, so that my students feel comfortable and proud of their gender. I want my students to play with whatever toys they want, wear whatever colour clothing they want, and express who they are. I do not want my students to feel they must follow the societal “norms” in order to fit in and be accepted. I feel gender is something often overlooked within the classroom, and it needs to be addressed. Students are all individuals and they both deserve equal opportunity. project

We Are All Treaty People: What Does this Mean?

Even though I am white the importance of myself learning about treaty education is invaluable. Even though  I am white it does not mean I should not be informed with accurate knowledge of our country’s history. We live in a culture of white supremacy and in order for people to heal we need to recognize the wrong doing of our ancestors. If we do not teach our students on these important topics we will be contributing to a ongoing cycle of ignorance and racism. As a future teacher I want to focus on equality, and I believe we all should have the chance to know the truth. Treaty Ed is supposed to be in our classrooms, but I know it is often left out and ignored, because some teachers deem it unimportant. I disagree, Treaty Ed is so important and it should be treated as important as other subjects. We should teach Treaty Ed because it is our history, and it is important we educate our children on this matter. Treaty Ed is a major part of Canada’s history, and to not teach about it is shameful. We teach about the holocaust and slavery, and Treaty Education should be no different.

We are all Treaty People. We all live on this land, and we are settlers on this land. Our ancestors came in, and took control over the First Nation peoples and caused irreparable harm. In response to this teacher email I would explain how important Treaty Ed is. I would explain that we have to try and shape the mindset of these students, so they do not believe the white supremacy model. I would try in make this topic interesting and engage the students in learning. I would speak to a few colleagues, because I am sure some would agree on the importance of treaty education. 4015

Decolonization

Bringing decolonization into the classroom is something I have struggled with, and I am not sure how to properly do that. In the reading some projects students do are canoeing, radio documentaries, and bring both Elders and the youth together. All of these projects are awesome ways at bringing decolonization in to the classroom, but each project would need to be adjusted for varying ages and abilities.

The project of bringing the Elders and Youth together is reinhabitation. The youth are learning from the experienced elders,  and they are being mentored. This creates a sense of community where ideas and thoughts can be shared with one another.

This reading showed me a lot about the importance of educating our students. The experiences would be an invaluable learning resource to our students, and I feel they should be incorporated into teaching for all ages and adjusted GreenwoodQuote3

How has Curriculum Shaped Me?

Curriculum has shaped me to be the teacher I am today in multiple ways. When looking back at my own schooling experience I remember both the positive and negative experiences I have had in the classroom. The positive experiences I had were with teachers who were passionate and made the material interesting to learn. These teachers followed the curriculum yet they made me interested in the subjects I was learning. I remember having favourite subjects and favourite classes, and I have to keep in mind that my favourite topics might not being everyone else’s. I have to understand that students are individuals and we all enjoy different things and everyone learns differently. It is important to realize that children need stimulation so they can learn and grow, and the stimulus may vary from child to child.

A Power Imbalance

It has become clear to me how there is a major imbalance in the power and control we as teachers actually have. We have little to no say in the curriculum and the aspects included in the curriculum. The curriculum is used as a guide, so we do have some power in how we execute our teaching. I think in this  way we as teachers regain power by making the curriculum our own and teaching in different styles that suit multiple types of learners.

I feel like teachers should have more influence on the curriculum, but then again most teachers do not want to be doing office work away from kids. They like to be actively involved within the classroom, because typically that is why they became teachers.

I think it is important not to get hung up on the idea of curriculum, and realize that not everything will be perfect within the classroom. Teachers do no always hit every single thing in the curriculum, and this is okay.

The “Good” Student

According the the common sense being a good student can be categorized by a few qualities and characteristics. The commonsense has us think of students who are obedient. These students do as they are told, they do not question their teacher, and do everything the teachers asks. A good student is engaged and raises their hand to answer questions. A good student is a role model for other students. A good student is smart and excels in school. A good student does their homework, and is on time for school. A good student gets along with all of their classmates. A good student is quiet and does not disrupt the class. A good student sits still and is attentive. A good student does well on assignments and exams.

When looking at what is considered a “good” student it is hard to imagine being this student. Children are so unique and different in their own ways, and they learn in individual ways. I don’t think we can put students into a box of what makes a good student, because there are multiple kinds of learners and all are unique and beneficial to the classroom. This definition of what is a good student gives that type of learner many advantages. These students are the students who can sit still for hours and be quite, and do well on standardized tests. The majority of students in this century do not learn like this, and it puts them at a disadvantages. It is hard to believe that this is what is  considered the ideal student, because I do not think is creates an amazing learning environment. srudent