Growing up I never had any First Nations students in class, in fact there was very few throughout the whole school. This was probably due to the fact that I lived in a small town in the middle of nowhere! This didn’t effect my learning on treaty education though. I’m not sure when or how it was taught in large schools, but as soon as we hit grade 8, it was incorporated into our Social and History classes. I feel now that I am learning more about treaty education in university I am grateful that I was taught the basics but realize that there is still so much more that I have to learn about.
Treaty Education is such an important piece of our history. It teaches us about colonization and the sharing of land. Without that background information, you miss out on a large chunk of history and the creation of our land. Treaty education also talks greatly about the promises made between the Europeans and First Nations people. This is still a large part of our country till this day and we still do what we can to make peace with the First Nations for our past actions. I personally don’t understand how a school system could work without the teaching of treaty education to our students. I truly feel that treaty education should be incorporated right into the curriculum from kindergarten through grade 12.
We see reinhabitation and decolonization throughout the reading by speaking Cree language, sharing knowledge, creating a connection to the land, and by the gathering of the community. What really caught my eye from this text was the word community. I truly believe that community is crucial for our children to learn and especially at a young age. Being apart of community that you can trust and talk to makes life so much easier to get through. It will give you a sense of belonging and help make you a better person. Some might question how you teach community to children, but even simple things like taking your students for a walk through the community to observe different actions and traits that they see as a community will help give them an understanding. Or having a elder come in and speak to the class about community would be very beneficial in not only learning about our community but it also gets our students engaged and involved with our elders which will help them build those key relationships that they will find very beneficial as they grow older.
Not too much to say about this weeks portion. I have tried quite a few moves now and so this week I decided to try one for fun! The first video is of me doing a position called ‘8 points’ meaning that I have my eight main points of my body resting on my mat. I maybe wasn’t doing this one right since it can be challenging to watch a video and do the pose at the same time, but I didn’t really feel to good and relaxed during this one, felt more awkward and worm like!
Before I share what I chose to talk about this week, I want to quickly reflect on something from the Justice Sinclair seminar and it has to do with the change he wants to see. Mr. Sinclair is very obviously truly passionate about the children on this earth and almost every statement that came out of his mouth was about wanting to benefit our children in some form. One point that really caught my attention was the unmarked graveyard outside of Regina that contains the burial plots of 36 children. This doesn’t really relate to education much but it does relate to residential schools and what went on inside those walls. I myself never knew about this graveyard until listening to this seminar and now that I know about it, it has really hit home for me. Those sweet innocent children who were tortured and beaten almost everyday until they physically couldn’t take anymore and now they are buried in a graveyard that the city won’t even mark. I’m not sure if the families of these children are still around but to me it’s a bit of a slap in the face.
On a bit of a happier side, I came across this pictures scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day and I actually just sat and stared at it for a good 5 minutes thinking about how it related so much back to educators and their lives. The picture is of a road and on the side of the road is a beach full of people enjoying themselves but the picture really just focuses on the road ahead and the unknown end. This relates to my ECMP 355 journey in a bit of a strange way. Educators have the tough job of having to reach a set of outcomes that are chosen for them and have to be met by the end of the year. This can easily result in them just doing what they need to do to get the job done. This is where we see the road in the picture, teachers are looking straight ahead hoping that they reach the end of the road soon and everything goes smoothly. ECMP 355 and all of the cool and different programs it has taught me is the beach! You can still get where you need to go, but you can also have fun while doing so!
There might not be any set in stone definition of a good teacher and there probably never will be. There are however many stereotypes to go with being a teacher but they aren’t always beneficial. I see myself as a ‘good’ teacher. I am a white catholic female and those are all stereotypes that go with the ‘good’ teacher vibe. This worries me though because it might push me over the line of being a ‘white savior’ and that is not something I want to become as an educator. All educators want to better their students, that why they become educators, but it is just as important that we remember to constantly try and better ourselves and I think this is something that gets forgotten as the years go on. We are going to find many things that benefit for us as teachers and we are going to continue to use and do those things but how long until they no longer benefit us and these things then become something that simply just works for us?
Another large aspect that makes a good teacher is the passing on of our biases and beliefs. We as educators aren’t supposed to have bias, especially with the large increase in immigration rates. They make to curriculum anti-bias and we educators are supposed to make our minds anti-bias, this is much easier said then done. It’s only human, you grow up your whole life being taught and practicing your beliefs with your family and some might even continue to do this at home with their new families it’s a way of life. But as educators we are expected to leave this biases and beliefs at home and be completely open and agreeing with our students and their beliefs. This is a challenge for everyone but I do believe this is a strong aspect of being a ‘good’ teacher.
When it comes to the hidden curriculum, we all know it’s there and it can be hard to find the time to discuss it. If we keep it on our mind, it becomes easier to pull from throughout our day and we are able to shine light on it as best we can and as often as we can.
I decided to add a few more moves into the mix of things! Don’t mind my video taper Lacey Bauche, she tends to find humour in my struggles! I still struggle with getting things to flow the right way and being able to transfer from one pose to another is shakey but I remember how I felt when I first tried (I chose not to post those videos, you’re welcome!) and I look a lot better now then a did when doing those! One of my poses from this week was a repeat of last week, but it’s because I had my feet positioned wrong last week so I wanted to make sure I was correcting my mistakes and doing the poses the right way to get the full benefits from it! Also, one last point to leave off with, I really questioned posting the cat and cow video (the second one), because I know how crazy and weird I look!
Digital identity is all around us these days. Some babies have their picture and identity on the internet hours after they are born and then usually at least one picture every month after that so that people don’t forget how cute they are or how much there parents love them. This is a scary thought, especially when you realize that they really don’t have any control of their digital identity until they are at least 10. This might not seem like a huge issue because who posts negative things about a 10 year old, but after reading “When Digital Identity Begins”, some of the things listed should scare a person a little. A note that the author Eric Stoller made was that “screenshots are snapped and Ip addresses show our locations”, this is a little more high tech for most but even for people who don’t really know how to adjust their Facebook settings properly, if your location services are on it tells everyone where you are when you posted that picture and some might not mind others knowing, but not knowing who’s on the other side of the screen should worry people, especially the ones posting photos of their children. I have a family friend that decided she needed to create a Facebook page for 2 week old daughter. I myself don’t have the baby on Facebook but I am able to search her, see her birthday and all her other personal information, and see all the photos that are posted on her account. Just from looking on her account I know where she lives, when she’s going shopping with her mom, what her house looks like and how much her looks change every week (I actually don’t really see any difference)! In my eyes, her mother has created her digital identity and filled it up with positive posts but it has actually probably become more of a danger for the baby.
The other Blog post I read was “When Students See Themselves as Digital” by Terry Heick and sadly this was a post that I found myself relating to. In his blog he mentions “If you tweet something, and no one RTs or favorites, did you really say anything at all?” This might not be me with Twitter, but Instagram is a whole new game! I am always trying to get more likes on my pictures. Heck, I even “like” peoples photos that I don’t actually like just so that when I decide to snap and post my next selfie, they’ll hopefully return the like and I will then get warm fuzzies on the inside! I view other peoples like as well, when I follow someone new or they follow me I usually look through their Instagram account and something that always catches my eye is how many likes they receive on their photos? I am not getting to actually know these people at all. Ideally I am just comparing my posed, edited, filtered photo to theirs and seeing who is “liked” more. This is creating a false digital identity for many students, especially females. If you’re taking 100+ perfectly lite and posed selfies, picking the one really good one, editing it, posting it and then deleting the rest are you really even posting a picture of yourself?