Pre-Internship Week 7: Social Studies and Visual Cues

My goal for this week was going back to the basics. While I still wanted to improve how well I keep students engaged and listening, I also wanted to improve my writing skills on the board. I had Molly take a few pictures of me teaching last week and while looking through them, couldn't help …

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Inuit vs. Eurocentric Mathematics

Oppression and discrimination in Eurocentric teaching practice: While the Indigenous way of life is cyclical with different parts that work together in balance and harmony, the European way of life is linear with one mindset that is always working towards bigger and better things. The way I was taught math directly relates to Eurocentric views- …

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The Benefits of Inclusive Learning

3 Thins I Learned: Originally, I hadn't put much thought into the benefits of inclusive classrooms. My understanding was that by being around people of other abilities, students would feel more comfortable with difference. This "comfort" only benefited the disabled students, and that was enough. Boy, was I not getting the full picture. For disabled students, …

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Pre-Internship Week 6: Health and an Over Excited Class

Today was a little crazy. It was one of those days where if it were my own classroom, I would changed our schedule to better suit the energy level of the students. For my lesson, after discussing what self-esteem is and its importance, we signed our names on pieces of paper, crumpled the paper into a …

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Response to The Secret Path

3 Things I Learned: Hearing Chanie Wenjack's story through song fostered a sense of empathy within me that I have never experienced. The sentimental lyrics by Gord Downie and the beautiful yet eerie illustrations by Jeff Lemire create a heart-wrenching story that tells of Canada's darkest moments. Despite hearing countless stories similar to this, The Secret …

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Pre-Internship Day 5: English and Being Disciplinary

So... I decided to challenge myself a bit and have the students debate. Today's lesson was on what a debate is, the format and structure, as well as the skills needed. I used two short video clips to help students get a visual of the setup and created a workbook to help them with their research …

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Week 9: Treaty People vs Canadian People

We are all treaty people. Even if someone is new to Canada or comes from a people group that was not involved in the treaties, the treaties will affect that person's life. Learning about the treaties is important whether one is Indigenous or not because, as Canadians, we are all affected by the treaties. I …

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(Tiana) Week 10: “Smear the Queer”

3 Things I Learned: The first thing I noted as something learned was that " The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has estimated that thirty percent of all youth suicides are committed by gay, lesbian and bisexual youth ( p. 193).  Not knowing if the statistic had changed or not since 2009, 30% …

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Pre-Internship Day 4: Social Studies and “On the Fly” Decisions

  Today was another exceptional day! My lesson was on Canada's environmental stewardship and sustainability. I decided to make a Prezi this time to make the lesson more engaging (I'll try and link it below). It followed the lifecycle of a water bottle from the extraction of oil to landfills. Incorporating a Prezi took a …

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