Curriculum as Place

For the reading this week, we talked about the article, Learning from Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowuk Ways of Knowing” by authors Jean-Paul Restoule, Sheila Gruner, and Edmund Metatawabin. The story of a 10 day outdoors trip is told and explains how important the relationship between people and the land is as well as culture. The main theme of this article was to show how “rehabilitation and decolonization depend on each other” which is stated on page 74. You can see the narrative expressing rein-habitation and decolonization because they demonstrate a knowledge of both traditional and modern teaching. By being in an outdoor area to learn through is a very ideal method of teaching because students grasp the importance of their lesson because they are hands on with the environment around them. The article explains how the trip also served the purpose of connecting young students with elders to gain an in-depth perspective of the world and culture around them.

For myself personally, I am focused in the subject areas of English and Social Studies. I believe I would easily be able to incorporate other cultures in the classroom by sharing history and various ways of teaching. The fact that they were able to take the students out and away from a traditional classroom was an awesome way of teaching. I know growing up whenever we got to go on educational field trips or weekend outings for camping I enjoyed what we learning so much more. I think embracing various cultures in Canadian classrooms is incredibly important, especially Indigenous cultures and traditions because that is a huge part of Canada’s history and present day life. Social Studies is an easy way to involve more diverse lessons because the focus of Canada’s history goes so far beyond the English cannon; pale, male, and stale.

Myself and the other future educators that I will be entering the field with must embrace diversity in the classroom and adapt to the place we learn in. Being creative with the environments you have to work with is an important aspect of learning. Students get tired of looking at the same four walls everyday and interacting outside of the classroom helps them to engage so much more with their learning. I think another reason this is so important is because not all students learn the same and providing various ways and ideas of learning for the different students in your classroom will increase individual student’s success.

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