Guess what it is? It’s my digital story reflection!

Hey guys!

I can’t believe this is my last blog post for this class, I have loved reading all of your posts every week.  I have learned so much and am so excited to continue learning from you all.

I chose to just tape myself talking just because I had SO MUCH to say about what I learned this year, I have been able grow so much as a future educator and I wanted to be able to share a little bit about my journey and discovering a lot about not only the type of educator I want to be but also the type of person I want to be.




My Digital Story 




8.What is the purpose of Treaty Education?

In the lecture Claire said something that really resonated with me, she said that the purpose of treaty education wasn’t to education first nations students, they already know what we are teaching.  It is to educate all the other students who do not understand first nation culture and the concept of everyone being a treaty person.

By incorporating treaty education into everyday classroom, we as teachers can begin to reiterate the idea that everyone is  part of treaty and we are all treaty people.  Treaty education is a crucial part of education in general, in my opinion.  By understanding treaty rights and indigenous culture we as teachers can help our students to understand and hopefully create a generation of change.

7.Learning from place

(a) identify, recover, and create material spaces and places that teach us how to live well in our total environments (reinhabitation); and (b) identify and change ways of thinking that injure and exploit other people and places (decolonization) (p.74)

In the reading Learning from Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowuk Ways of Knowing, it talks about how a group of young people were shown traditional ways of knowing and by introducing  them to that lifestyle, they can begin to rehabilitate the young people and teach them more about their traditional way of knowing.  By reintroducing them to their culture, the participants are part of a decolonization process.  This process is very important because the rebuilding of their culture and way of knowing is crucial to repairing a culture that can be seen as broken.

This idea is important to my own teaching because I will teach students who are need of reinhabition to their culture.  It is important to always be conscious of culture when planning lessons and treaty education is an especially important concept to incorporate whenever possible.

9.What to Blog..What to Blog

Hello it’s me..

*Cue Adele Music*

As you can see above I clearly don’t know what to write about and I am way to right brained to be able to zoom in on a specific topic so brace yourself for a scattered post potentially containing things that bare no connection to ECS 210.

Exhibit A:


Seriously how cute.  Love this little guy.

I view teaching as a profession that should be treated with care and professionalism.  It is because of this belief that I struggle with the notion of being ‘good enough’.  As a teacher we play a vital role in the creation of who are students will become and I don’t want to fail my future students and not be the best teacher I can be for them.

Teachers do more than just teach subjects, they teach important life skills.  In lecture we discussed the idea of teachers educating students to be functioning members of society.  This speaks to the traditional model of education, while I do think it is important to teach skills that make children functioning members of society I think it is much more important to teach students to be the best possible version of themselves.

It is my hope as a future educator that  I will be able to help children become the best version of themselves and they can grow and become people who are kind respectful, smart and happy!

That is the end of my rant, I hope that wasn’t too scattered.




6.Hidden Messages

“Ironically, we need to put front and centre the very things we do not want in our teaching, the very things we do not even know are in our teaching.” (against common sense, 2015,preparing teachers for uncertainty, pg.41)


Curriculum shaped me to be a ‘good student’.  I am mindful of how a ‘good student’ should act and ensure that that is how I am acting at all times.  I am mindful to sit still in class, I always get my work done in a timely fashion and only speak when spoken too, I raise my hand and wait when I have something to say, I am very polite and am willing to help a teacher with whatever they need, because this is what I have been taught.

While I do see the value in the lesson of a ‘good student’ from a traditional teaching approach, I also am able to recognize that a student can learn just as well and be considered a good learning student, while not embodying the traditional ideology of a good student.  I see much more value in teaching my future students to do ‘good people’.  Teaching empathy, patience and understanding are much more important to me than teaching a child to raise their hand.

Teaching is full of hidden messages.  “Rather the goal is to conscientiously make visible these hidden lessons and the various lenses students use to make sense of them.” (Pg.41,against common sense, 2015) I think it is important to emphasize the hidden messages in curriculum because the underlying messages carry very important ideas.  They carry political ideas about the type of citizen the child should become.  They also carry the hidden message about the type of human they should become.  Lessons often encourage kind, sharing and compassionate behaviour.  This is the most important hidden message in my opinion.

I need to be mindful that my future students don’t become too centred around the politics of education and the curriculum.  I also need to be mindful they don’t concern themselves too greatly with what is considered the ‘norm’ in terms of learning.   Children all learn at different paces and in different ways.  There is no wrong way of learning.  That is an important idea to pass on, I think.



5.Do teachers have a say in it at all?


In my opinion teachers SHOULD play a large role in curriculum based on the sole fact that they are the ones acting out the curriculum, teaching it to children. This of course is not the case.  Politicians carry heavy influence on what is included in curriculum and what is not included.

As educators we control how the concepts are taught, which is the largest part of curriculum.  While we don’t control the outcomes, we 100% control the indicators.  We have the freedom to customize are teaching experience based on how we see fit.  It matters less how you get to the goal as long as the children do reach the goal, the goal being the outcome or having the ability to pass the test needed to move on to the next chapter.





4:Good Student

What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the commonsense? Which students are privileged by this definition of the good student? What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these commonsense ideas?

What we traditionally have understood to be a ‘good student’, is a student that is able to sit quietly in their desk all day every day, diligently taking notes while also learning the content in its entirety.  A ‘good’ student is a student who doesn’t question a teacher’s practices and is never caught off task.

This definition is good for the students who learn best by text and testing.  That however is a very small portion of today’s students.  The majority of children in today’s classrooms learn through a variety of teaching techniques.  A large number of kids need to experience the concepts in order to comprehend them, thats where the idea of learning stations and hands on learning comes in.

It is impossible to expect that every child will be capable of sitting still and listening day after day, and it is impossible to expect that children who are taught this way will be successful in their learning.  It is hard for me to believe that we ever thought that children learn best this way.

3:Be the Change

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

“Be the Change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi

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I chose two quotes because I believe carry similar ideas and as a future educator I hope to embody both.

The first quote speaks to the reason I want to  become a teacher.  Metaphorically I see education as a key, a key to a future that allows you to become anything you want, a future that is not limited by lack of knowledge.  Education, if used correctly can be a very important tool to creating a better world.

The second quote speaks to more of a personal ideology I wish to embody.  I chose to pursue this career because I had the opportunity to work with kids who didn’t have a positive influence in their life,and I thought if I could be that positive influence and show them that education is important and that they are cared for and they are loved that I could change their life for the better. By being the change I wish to see  I can change the world even if its just in a small way.

These quotes relate to my idea of curriculum and school in the way that I believe school should be a safe place for children where they can learn to be the best versions of themselves.  I also believe that the curriculum is teaching them knowledge that they can use to change the world.

A teacher that embodies theses quotes is a teacher that cares about more than outcomes and test scores.  A teacher that follows these ideas also believes that students have the right feel safe and happy during their years of school.  The teacher likely takes their role as an educator very seriously and is willing to go above and beyond what is expected to make sure his or her’s students are learning and are happy.

The first quote by Mandela in my opinion simply means that education is a very powerful tool.  Education is the key to changing the world. It is something you carry with you for the rest of your life and one can use it in any number of situations to make the world a better place.

The second quote is by Gandhi is similar to the first in that one can change the world.  A single action can seem small and insignificant in the great scheme of things, but no matter the size, every good action will and does impact the world positively.

2:My Idea of Whats Rationale

When I think to Tyler’s theory of Rationale, I can think of many examples where this theory was applied to my own schooling. A stand out example of this for me would be, my high school AP english class.  This class focused heavily on being able to write a grammatically correct paper.  We would receive a paper full of errors and than to gain marks one would have to keep editing the paper until there was no errors left.  This was carried on though out all my years of high school english.  This idea of repetition and practice, closely resembles Tyler’s ideas.  In this class we were also tested using standardized testing to judge our knowledge and intelligence.

One benefit of this theory in my opinion would be, the process of lesson planning.  There are clear linear steps that take place in order to reach the desired goal.  The rationale also does not restrict teachers on the type of material they can teach.  A teacher has the freedom to teach however they please as long as they follow the steps and reach the desired goal, which is memorization of a theory or idea that can be tested using standardized testing.

A flaw I find with this theory is the idea that IQ can be judged solely on a child’s ability to memorize information.  Not all children comprehend information in the same manner, nor does every child learn the same.  To expect them to be able to retain information and retell it in the same way seems unrealistic.

1:Common Sense and Everything in Between

How does Kumashiro define ‘commonsense?’ Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘common sense’?

Kumashiro defines ‘common sense’ as not being a universal concept.  The idea of what ‘common sense’ is varies from person to person depending on that person’s schemes, ideas and understanding of certain concepts.  Societal normalcies play a large role on what ones idea of ‘common sense’ is.  What is considered ‘common sense’ in North America is not the same as what would be considered ‘common sense’in a third world country.

As future educators it is important to remember that “The ways we traditionally think about teaching and learning are not the only possible ways.”  (What is Common Sense, pg.4) By understanding that not every student has the same idea of what is ‘common sense’ it makes one a more aware teacher.  Once a teacher understands there are many effective ways of teaching and that not every student learns the same way, that teacher can learn the most effective manners of teaching in order to engage and teach that individual.  By paying attention to ‘common sense’ we can learn new methods of teaching as well as new ideas of ‘common sense’.