October 25, 2018
Today we wrote or EIND 215 midterm. We had done some preparation before class to make it a bit easier on ourselves. We were asked to pick a curriculum and find outcomes/ indicators that included and excluded First Nations content. I chose to look over the grade 8 health curriculum and was very disappointed to find that there was not a single outcome that included or even mention Indigenous people. My interpretation of that meant that the Ministry of Education does not see the need to educate students on Indigenous health practices and alternatives. When I went through the outcomes I could think of so many activities and lessons for each outcome that could incorporate FN content, but not all educators have that in mind when they are planning and that is worrisome.
We then took turns partnering up with each other and discussing different questions that our instructor had prepared to help guide our reflections later on. We then had to answer our reflection questions and submit them.
We spent the afternoon discussing our dossiers and how the upcoming weeks are going to look. We took the rest of the class to work on our deductive lesson plan.
I really enjoyed the way that this midterm assesses us. It is a technique I would like to test out in the future. I enjoy it because it goes beyond memorizing content, you have to be able to absorb and understand the material in order to engage and then respond to the question holistically. While it may be more difficult to grade you can gain a better understanding of your students this way.
October 18, 2018
This morning we wrote our ESST midterm. We worked together in groups to discuss the different pedagogies that could be used within the classroom:
- thematic approach
- children’s literature
- role-play and simulations
- primary sources
- visual and performing arts
- field studies
- field trips
We filled out the chart together and then spent the remainder of the midterm answering reflection questions individually. I really learned a lot from my group and I discovered a lot about myself as a learner and an educator. I learned that I learn best through hands-on experiential lessons when I had always assumed I learned best through text. Because of this, I am more inclined to use more experiential learning techniques within my own classroom because I find that more students connect to it.
I, unfortunately, missed the majority of the afternoon, I had a medical emergency that required me to go to the hospital. I returned by the end of class but I was not very focused so I did not retain much information. It will have to be supplemented through independent study at home and through discussion with my peers.
October 11, 2018
Today we discussed resources that could be used within the classroom. Our instructor shared her own personal experiences of when she was called a “dangerous educator”. My interpretation of her stories was that many of her colleagues considered her dangerous because she gave the students back their power when up to that point they had been powerless. They took charge of their own learning and were then able to take pride in their own work. She found that by doing this the kids had a purpose, their attendance improved and they were more engaged in class and school activities because she made sure to find things that were appropriate and exciting for the students. She sought out support and guidance from her local community members and elders and remained humble throughout the process. That is the kind of environment I hope to be able to provide for my students. I want them to have a voice, and not be afraid to use it. I hope that they will be engaged and excited to learn the lessons I have prepared, not just because it is something they have to learn but because it engages their educational needs. We finished the class by looking at different resources that she had used in her own classroom and projects that her students had completed. We then used our lunch hour to watch Smoke Signals together as a class.
September 20, 2018
This week, the main topic we discussed was the importance of questioning knowledge. By saying this I don’t mean believe everything that you have ever heard is a lie. What I mean is that we can blindly believe in something just because someone tells us that we should, we have to be willing to do a little research to make sure that is, in fact, the most accurate information. A way to provide that information to students is by having a variety of resources available to the students so they are able to expand their knowledge.
A resource that we discussed that would be of great value to any classroom that was recently released is The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada. As educators, we have to be willing to supplement out texts with additional resources to ensure that we are giving the most accurate information to the student. If you have dated materials you could have your classroom critique them and determine why or why they should not remain in the classroom.
September 13, 2018
This week in class we discussed a number of different things. We blended some ideas and reflective questions from our ESST 215 class. We split into groups and were asked to reflect on a number of questions that had previously been provided for us to answer following our reading for the week. We were split into groups of 4 to answer them. We were then asked to have 2 people stand. The two people sitting had to move into another group. We were then asked to further reflect on these questions. We then changed groups for the third time where we were given new questions to ponder (How would you explain outcomes and indicators to someone who didn’t understand what they were). This lesson was really enlightening when it comes to thinking about how to arrange groups within the classroom. There are a number of things to consider such as:
-the class size
-the age range
-the maturity level of the student
-the types of learners within the classroom
-the activity you are doing
Moving Forward… I would really like to use the method of grouping that we used in class today. I like that you get the students who wouldn’t otherwise volunteer get up and moving. I will now also be more mindful and aware when I am planning my group work and determine how they are grouped before we get into class.
September 7, 2018- Reflection 1
Today we discussed a number of different things. We were first introduced to our instructor Kim Sadowsky (who I must say is excellent). We started off with a few technical difficulties, which is to be expected in a televised class. While we did lose a little time getting started it was quickly made up by the organization and management of the instructor.
Topics covered/ what I learned:
-The syllabus (obviously, it’s the first day)
-expectations of the class (leave your phone alone!)
-what we can expect as far as experiences this semester
-working smarter, not harder
-methods of how to get your students involved in the first week of classes (introductions, grouping)
-awareness in the classroom (racism, Indigenization)
How will I use this moving forward:
I found observing the instructor very useful today. The way that she carried herself and stayed organized, partnered with her classroom management skills gave me a number of ideas that I want to try out with my own classroom during my internship this semester.
The main takeaway from today’s class: Always leave them laughing so here’s a joke!
Why were the teacher’s eyes crossed?…….. She couldn’t control her pupils!