SaskEd Chat Experience

As some of you know, I’m not a big fan of Twitter because I don’t enjoy posting on social medias. With this information, I do really enjoy the Twitter chat that we do. I enjoy this because it’s engaging and it doesn’t make me feel like I have to put myself or my thoughts on the internet. It feels supportive and enjoyable because I feel like I’m making new friends and meeting new people. I also feel like I can say what I want and have at least one person feel the same way I do. I find it important that I can network because it brings connections that may aid my professional learning in the future. The downside to using social media platforms as a tool for networking is that I find it more difficult to build a team of friends. I’d rather speak to people in person than on social media. I feel like it’s more meaningful and I can get to know someone better than if we are just exchanging messages on Twitter. This activity does make sense and it is a lot of fun.

About Me

Hello everyone! My name is Jesse Ducharme and I’m an education student with a math major and physical education minor. I enjoy travelling the world and meeting new people. I also love animals and my girlfriend and I just recently got a new puppy. Three goals that I have for this class are to learn how to effectively use technology in the classroom, implement different programs to aid in my teaching, and how to use phones as an advantage.

My friends and I at a hotel in Calgary (I’m on the far right).

Curriculum as Place

The narrative displayed many different ways of decolonization and reinhabitation. The way that sticks out to me for is the way that the youth gets to interact with the elders. It’s a great way for the reinhabitation of the First Nations people into the community. Taking advice from elders will ensure that we don’t have a repeat of what has happened in the past. Bringing these students back to the community is crucial for bringing the students in for a better education. This is also an example of decolonization because students will be a more integral part of the community, ensuring a diverse community. We need to make sure these kids are succeeding, and by exposing them to different learning spaces, we help with decolonization and reinhabitation.

As a teacher, the school space is an important aspect of the education process. Teaching students with a space that is inviting to all students as well as safe is crucial for their development and understanding of topics. Teaching in different spaces is an easy way of incorporating each students different learning styles. As a teacher, you have to be willing to adapt your lessons and do things that you’re uncomfortable with so that everyone can learn.

First Nations Perspectives

Teaching classes about First Nations people is extremely important to the development of these students. The content will bring light to the horrible treatment that these people have gone through. It is crucial because it brings light to the history of Canada and it’s important that we discuss it so we can work on ways to make it better and improve our country. If we don’t acknowledge the past, then something similar may happen and we will have to make amends yet again for something that could’ve been avoided. I think the main purpose for treaty education is to shine light on the people that live in Canada and what we’ve gone through as a country to be where we are now. It’s extremely crucial to teach this in all classes.

We are all treaty people and we can all make an effort to better the relationship that we have with First Nations peoples. The treaties aren’t only meant to impact First Nations people, they are made to unify everyone who is a part of Canada. It’s important that we teach students to understand this so they can use this philosophy in their own lives. We are all one big community in Canada and the treaties are just another form of showing that.

Curriculum Policy

The curriculum is developed and implemented by people who aren’t a part of the main stream of education. These people are members of the government, companies, and textbooks creators. They have the most influence in what gets put into our curriculum, but they have no idea what actually happens in the classroom. Teachers have some say, but they don’t choose what should be taught to the students. This is very alarming because we need people who are in the system to be implementing changes to make the curriculum better. If we don’t take advice from professionals in the field, than we can’t make strides to improve the curriculum.

There are many upsides to the treaty education document. Everyone wants the education for treaties and First Nations history to be better, and I think that’s the connection in the articles. The curriculum’s are also made by government officials, probably to try and make amends. This can create tensions because most government officials are white and know very little about First Nations history. It’s very important to get officials who can make the history as accurate as possible. It’s our jobs to get students involved with it, but we need an accurate framework to base our lessons off of.

Good Student

A good student is a student who follows all of the rules and never falls out of line. They are students who are very successful in their studies and will likely go on to pursue a post-secondary education. These are the students that are never late and are willing to do the most for the teachers. This basically makes the students that are already successful, more successful. This is very unfair to the students that are struggling with school. They will likely struggle through their education and not get the help that they need to pursue further education. This way of thinking makes it impossible for the students who are struggling to succeed. They will likely be the ones that have a tough time in the future with things such as criminal records, loans, banking, and other main parts of life. There needs to be a shift in the way that schools view these kids that are outside of the box. Once that can happen, the school system will find more success.

Disability as Meta Curriculum

The article “Disability as Meta Curriculum: Ontologies, Epistemologies, and Transformative Praxis” talks about the benefits of disability curriculum. The article also talks about how disability curriculum is doing much more than just discussing the issues with normative education. This quote shows that the article backs up the disability curriculum and states that it isn’t confined to laying out issues with normative curriculum “…support the epistemic claim that disability studies’ approaches to curriculum are doing more than merely critiquing how privileged knowledge excludes disability from curriculum theory and praxis.” (Erevelles, Nirmala, et al. Curriculum Inquiry. 4th ed., vol. 49.). Disability curriculum is very extensive and reaches a lot of topics that shed light on issues relating to the learning. The classes do a lot more good by exploring the situations of others rather than only finding disadvantages to other curriculum practices.

The article then goes on to describe what meta means and why it’s important to disability curriculum. The importance is shown through this quote “Now, when you add “meta-” to a word denoting another concept, it means something like, relating to that other concept in a way that somehow goes beyond it in a deeper, more fundamental, or overarching way that makes you go “whoa.”” (Erevelles, Nirmala, et al. Curriculum Inquiry. 4th ed., vol. 49.) because the disability learning isn’t only about pointing out flaws in normative curriculum, it’s about spreading awareness for a group of students that get a worse education. The article states that as disability learners, we get a deep understanding of the circumstances of most students in these programs, not just a critique of the unfair conditions that these students receive.

The next step for my assignment is to research for two more articles that either agree or disagree with the article that I’m using. I would like to discuss an article that disagrees with the original one because it would add a different perspective to my writing. After finding these articles, I’m going to go through them to find quotes to summarize them all and discuss them altogether.

Curriculum Theory and Practice

The Tyler Rationale is a very influential, yet outdated take on the curriculum. I noticed that he wants the curriculum to focus mainly on developing workers, as opposed to shaping students into who they desire to be. I’ve noticed that this happens a lot in our school system in the way that the subjects are chosen and the importance placed on some more than others. While art and drama are more important to some people, those programs often get less funding than a program like math or language arts. This basically forces students into a box and limits their interests into what’s important to the school. Schools also limit your choice for certain subjects. They only give you a few electives that you can take, meaning if you have a passion for art and cooking, you may only be able to take one of those classes. They don’t allow students to have different experiences so they can grow. I believe there needs to be a change in the way schools value certain parts of the curriculum so that students can really figure out who they are.

Even though the Tyler Rationale sounds very controlling, it does have it’s share of benefits. One of these benefits includes preparing students for either university or the workforce. Since the subjects are harder, they can be more equipped to take on a university class. This take on curriculum also shows the students that struggle in school that they may be more ready to get into the workforce instead of striving for a higher education. I think this is important because some students would spend a lot of money on a program that they may have issues with if they don’t find out they have to put in a lot more effort with furthering their education. The Tyler Rationale may have it’s issues, but it also has it’s benefits that should also be used in a school system.

The Problem of Common Sense

Kumashiro defines common sense as a shared understanding of how a society is supposed to work. This definition states the problem that we face because it shows us that we follow the path that others have laid out before us. The problem with common sense goes beyond what most people would consider the problems are. Some of these issues such as racism, gender inequity, and religious beliefs are a challenge to combat because no one wants to stray from the common sense shared between a society. The document means that most people are comfortable with how they react to certain behaviors and are more likely to continue down the path of oppression. There needs to be a change made to combat these issues.

There are many reasons that we need to pay attention to common sense in our own lives. The way we perceive society can affect the way we interact with other people. This is important to discuss because we need to learn to treat everyone equally to have a safer environment. We need to learn about the issues that we face because in order to teach about inequality, we need to know when it happens and what actions can be taken in order to make it less prevalent. Schools are an example of a place where we can work through the oppression that people face. I believe it is extremely important for teachers to talk about the injustices that we face because we can change the views of children in order to mold them into more respectful adults.

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