Traditional Ways Of Knowing

Week #6 –Reading Response:

  • The most important act of decolonization I noticed and read from the article was how they talked about the traditional Mushkegowuk ways of learning through the word paquataskamik which describes the natural environment that supports life. We have definitely looked passed traditional ways of learning from the natural environment. We basically see decolonization through traditional ways of learning through Indigenous ways of knowing and education is less based on how the environment gives us opportunity. We need to honor and preserve the traditional ways of learning through the Indigenous more instead of just completely looking passed and forgetting Indigenous ways of learning. Decolonization can have generational affects which is why it’s really important that we incorporate indigenous knowledges in classrooms.


  • Ways that I could adapt these traditional ideas of Indigenous knowledge is just making sure that kids understand how to respect and preserve Indigenous identity. We can’t forget the traditional ways of knowing and learning because I think that’s what makes Indigenous people feel the most decolonized with the lack of and acknowledging traditional values. As a teacher, we need to find ways to incorporate and preserve indigenous knowledges in our classroom so they don’t go unforgotten.

Curriculum Development

Week #5 – Reading Response:

During this week’s reading response I found that school systems go through a long process with the government that leads to the development of curriculum. Teachers and the government have to agree on what is appropriate to include in a school curriculum. The curriculum that is taught has to show relevance in regards to the social aspect of learning but also the development of the student and then you have to integrate subjects into that which makes it hard to create a curriculum especially with so many teachers having opinions on how the curriculum should be ran.

For me personally, the perspective I have on what the reading provided me with is how hard it would be to get the government and the teachers to agree on one curriculum that is fitting to everyone school system. I just feel like there would be a lot of opinions which would make it tough for everyone to come to a certain decision.

Something that surprised me from this article was how little students opinions matter with the debate of sex education and other subjects. I think maybe they should take a survey from students and then act upon the students opinions if it should be incorporated. A survey is just an option, but maybe it could be a deciding factor in the addition of a certain class.

What Is A Good Student?

Week #4 – Reading Response:

During this week’s reading, we were asked to break down what it means to be a “good” student according to the article. What I found that this article was trying to say about “good” students in society is that there are a lot of pressures that come from society that shapes what a good student is supposed to be like. Students can sort of put on a mask when they get into a classroom meaning sometimes how a student acts in class isn’t how they act outside of the school. This article suggests that a stereotypical student doesn’t really go against the norms of teaching. A good student is considered to be on time, gets there homework done, engage in class discussions, attends class regularly etc. In every class though, there will be a variety of students who think differently and learn at their own pace and it is our job as teachers to understand the unique learning styles of students. Each student has different qualities, we have to understand what makes a student feel like a good student.

I kind of think that the privileged students in our society come from good families who suggest and teach what it means to be a “good” student.

I think that it is hard to see what a student is actually like and go against the norms of teaching because we have the expectations of a good student in a classroom and what society sees it as. As a teacher we need to realize that we shouldn’t base our classroom off what society sees a good student as and focus more on getting to know our students and individually figure out through their personalities how they can be a good student and not just base each student off one belief that society views a good student as.

ECS 210 Blog Posts : The Greatest Sign Of Success.

Week #3 – Reading Response:

For this week’s reading response, I decided to unpack the quote, “The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” This quote comes from the education theorist Maria Montessori. What I think that Montessori is saying is that when students are interested in the subjects or discussions that are being taught,  they will work harder and be more focused and ignore the fact that your even there because they are in such deep thought and enjoy learning. When they are focused and engaged, they will be quiet and will have understood the material that is being taught which means as a teacher you have done your job and it will bring you the feeling of success. I think what makes this quote possible in education is having a good relationship with the students and understanding the way your students learn which will create that work ethic that displays a deep understanding. What could make this quote impossible in education is if your students show disinterest and become reliant on you as a teacher. What this quote is saying about the teacher and student is that they have a good relationship with each other and are understanding. This relates to my own understanding of curriculum and school because if you can build a good relationship with the students and understand the way your students learn curriculums and lessons, it  will be easier to teach and easier for students to understand and show interest. You have to make learning enjoyable for students and find a way to connect the students interests to the curriculum. Once you have established this, you will feel successful.

ECS 210 Blog Posts

Week #2 Reading Response:

Since the start of organized school systems, there has been little changes to the subjects that get taught and the way the schools operate. Growing up, I have experienced the Tyler rationale on many occasions. Occurring all throughout my time in school, I can remember that all subjects are taught mostly among the guidelines of Tyler’s Rationale which includes aims and objectives, content, organization of teaching and learning then an evaluation that gets graded. A certain subject that I can relate this too is math. You start your lesson with objectives that that you want your class to learn like division. You then teach the process of division with organization and the steps of division in hopes that the kids will learn it. Regardless if the students get it or not there is a set date for the exam and that’s when it will take place. The process never really changes, there is a start, then the content and then test. This is convenient for teachers because this rationale adds structure to our school system.

One major limitation to the Tyler Rationale is that schools don’t emphasize enough on common sense. Schools have set classes and subjects that need to be followed that some kids may find uninteresting also. Tyler’s Rationale seems to put more thought into staying within the curriculum and staying on task that sometimes actually learning the subject. It doesn’t really let students expand their ways of thinking and understanding.

I think one of the biggest benefits of Tyler’s Rationale is how it provides a structure and process to school systems as we talked about in class and shown on the power point slides. It helps for teachers planning and organization in classrooms. Each teacher would have their own way of running a classroom if it wasn’t for Tyler’s Rationale which may cause chaos. With organization and structure it allows students to stay on task and to have an end goal.

ECS 210 Blog Posts

Week #1 Reading Response:

How does Kumashiro define commonsense? Why is it so important to pay attention to the commonsense?

Kumashiro defines commonsense as the genuine school routine kids go through in high school and elementary school systems. He basically explains how kids know the exact routine of how schools flow and how schools don’t approach different methods of teaching through the subjects. The subjects that the students learn in class have become engrained in their brain and what the students are about to learn should be expected by students before they enter the school and is considered commonsense. Students study the 4 “core disciplines” which are social studies, English language, natural sciences and mathematics. Commonsensical ideas can make people feel comfortable and make sense of things. Kumashiro also talks about how commonsense in school systems can be seen as pressured.

I think that it is important to pay attention to commonsense because we should know that we shouldn’t be afraid to teach beyond the ‘norms’ of our general subjects. School systems can expand their subjects which expand the way people think and student’s knowledge. I also think that it is important to pay attention to commonsense because we need to recognize and balance the classroom with traditional teachings, social teachings and life teachings. It isn’t all about the basic curriculum subjects, teaching goes much deeper than that. I think as a future teacher it’s important to recognize that teaching, is much more deeper than the traditional core 4 subjects.


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