ECS 210 summary of learning

Hey guys, check out the video Sarah  and I created for our summary of learning, for ECS 210. This video contains a few of the big ideas we took from the class this semester. I do feel a need to mention that this class has had a huge effect on the way I am now viewing my role as an anti- bias educator. As well as how important it is to realize our own racisms ( even if we never thought we were racist) and work hard every day to fight them and teach our student in a classroom free of all this type of thinking that the rest of society maybe showing them.



Things ECS210 has taught me to think about.

If their was one thing I would say that I have taken away from my ECS 210 class so far this year, it would have to be we have to become more aware of what and how we are teaching our students in the classroom. Their seems to be two revolving big topics in this class and they are teaching treaty education in the classroom, and racism in the classroom and society.

Treaty education is an important issue today, as even though it has been mandatory to teach in the classrooms since 1996, it is not actually being followed through with. As teachers and students in the school system, we need to know where we all came from, and where this country originated. We have to be able to get away from the colonization ideals that have been in place for so long, and let everyone know the real truth of who we are, and give the First Nations people the recognisition they deserve.

The second thing we have to be really aware of in Racism. This has been a subject that I have had a hard time coming to terms with. My entire life I have seen my self as not racist at all. However, in this class I have learnt that no matter how good we think we are doing for not being racist their are always subtle racist things in society that we all contribute to, even if it as simple as not answering a question about someone of another race, we can give off mixed messages that by ignoring it it is bad. I am hoping that in the future we all can become more aware of these things and help to eliminate the problems.

Teaching Treaty Ed

To answer the students question.

First if we want to be technical about it, teaching treaty education is in the curriculum and mandated by the ministry of education to teach. So no matter if we have any one in the class is indigenous or not we are obligated to teach it. So even if your coop teacher is telling you that see does not see the purpose to teach it you can argue this point.

Now to the real matter, this is what I really believe. We owe it to the indigenous peoples of this land to honour their culture and what has happened to them. This is an important part of the history of the country and how we became who we are today. For so long we have been lacking in information on where our country started. We have been taking away the culture and identity from the indigenous people. It does not matter who is in our classrooms we all have a right to know about what happened with these people, and how we all connect as a country, and the human race.

When we talk about all of us being treaty people, we need to understand that we are living on treaty land so it is a part of who we all are.. If the issue it that the teacher just does not know what it is about, we can find the resources needed. First I would suggest, bring in an Elder to the classroom to help facilitate the discussion. Second their are many web sites that can help with this understanding and how we can bring it into the classroom.

The influence from the curriculum and the teacher I will be!

When looking at the curriculum and myself as a future teacher, I have to see how the curriculum has influenced me. I guess it has shaped me a lot as it is all i know right now. But to look at the hidden curriculum is not now thing i had been thinking about. What is the hidden curriculum in my education? What had i been learning? It is hard to say and understand. However, I think that certain things such as ‘common sense’ would play  big role. We have all be subject to what we ‘should’ know already, so it would not be emphasized in the teaching I was subject to. Common sense is not really common sense though. I wonder what have I been missing throughout my education due to this.

As a teacher I need to mindful that all student come from different backgrounds and home environments, even cultures. So they will all come with a different base knowledge when entering my classroom. I will need to be sure that all of the information I share will have to include what my ‘common sense’ is.

Another important thing is to be sure that my teaching is fair, adjust to all of the students in my class. I will need to make sure that I am not being bias in any of my teachings. I will be fair to all of the beliefs and way of the students. As teachers we have to be sure that we are un-biased in the class as address all of the questions our students may have even if it takes us out of our comfort zones.



Teachers can teach!

What as a teacher can we actually do about how we teach the curriculum in the classroom? Well at first before we had any discussions in my ECS 210 lectures about the curriculum, I thought that as a teacher we had to teach every indicator that goes along with the Outcome. I am a little relieved to find out that this is not the case. I was sure their would never be enough hours to teach every one.

As a teacher we are Required to be sure we reach all the curriculum outcomes because, rough-rock-slab_www-txt2pic-com. On the other hand the sampf60b374d8b78c002.

As teachers we are able to teach the material the best way we feel our students will learn it , as long as the outcome is reached. I believe that teachers have more say in how we are teaching the materials than I would have thought before taking this class. While teaching their will be influences on how we would like to reach our goes based on the students abilities, our communities, and the environment we are able to teach it in.

The ‘Good’ student.

I am asked what it means to be a good student according to commonsense, but what ‘commonsense’ means can  vary so much from one place to another, so it is a hard question to answer. If i had to give an answer to what my idea of commonsense is it would be the student who always get their work done on time, who does not cause a issue in the classroom, and who gets good grades.

The students who are privileged by this definition I have created are those who do not have a lot of home struggles.By this I am talking about children who are coming from a ‘typical’ home, with a mom and dad, and those who do not have a lot of problems with having enough food in the house, and get lots of love and attention from their families. As well I think those who have an easy time with memorization and understanding facts the teacher is telling them with little or no confusion. Those students who do not have any type of cognitive disability would also fit into this definition. I really do not want to be taken the wrong way when I say this. I do not believe this to be true, I don’t think that this is that case at all, we are all very capable of being the good student.

I feel it is impossible to understand how this idea has come to be. How are we able to judge the students only on the work on a piece of paper? This is truly unfair to children. If we just adapt our ways of teaching to be able to accommodate the students in the classroom, they could all be seen as the ‘good’ student.

Quotable Quotes!


Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” Maria Montessori

I truly think that us as educators need to be able to understand that the environment is a key player in a child’s learning process. As a teacher we need realize that we need to foster a students ability to learn, not just what we tell them to learn. If all we are going to do is stand in front of them and feed them information to memorize, I am not sure they will be able to take away from that.

We need to utilize the environment around us to facilitate the learning process. Use all of the objects around us to help them to form connections to what we are trying to have them remember. This can allow them tools to remember. They then are able to start to use these connections in other aspects of learning and life.

With Maria she is the facilitator in her students education, she motivates them to learn, and not tells them to learn. In wanting to become a teacher I am inspired by her teaching methods in the way that I want to be able to spark an interest in my students to want to learn. I want to be the teacher that can come home at the end of the day and learn as much from my students as they learn from me. I want to be able to take the experiences from my own environment, the classroom I am teaching in, and the students I am learning with, to become a better  educator every day.