Who is Involved

Prior to Reading


When first being asked about how curriculum is formed  I pictured a room full of old men somewhere in Regina discussing the many problems every day trying to come up with new ways and methods to teach Saskatchewan students. I believed it was almost like an ongoing meeting something that they were always changing. When I talk to Katia about my belief  she told me that parts of The curriculum haven’t been changed here since the 90’s. This was astonishing to me knowing that there has been the same systems in place for over 20 years and I asked myself “how can that be the case when so much is changing in our Dailey lives”

My Influence


I voted in the last election and I follow politics I’d say quite well for a girl my age. I was lucky enough to have role models in my community introduce policies to me in an interesting way. Knowing how important politics effect how school system is important to be aware of since they influence teaching methods and our jobs themselves.

After the Reading


I think it is astonishing how we give the politicians such a huge say in what we teach since they may not value education in the way we need them too. I think students needs are being overlooked and they should be the biggest influence on our system because they are the student requiring the tools to better our future.

In the article it mentions how the role of politics is misunderstood by many teachers and I think that is teachers need to be aware of the public sphere since it influenced our students lives.

I am concerned that we are not taking our students opinions into consideration. I also beleieve this is a problem because the curriculum is made for us teachers to benefit our students.

Something we don’t Question

In the reading Against Common Sense I found a quote in which I would like to address: “ Furthermore, was this not the view of effective teaching upon which current proposals to reform schools were based, namely, that we reward those schools that can get their students to demonstrate such learning and punish those who do not?” This is something I have been thinking about lately in our culture and connecting the ways in which are curriculum is built and connecting it to the system we used when we had teachers in residential schools. Common sense is can be seen in the school when students do behaviours they learned and never questioned. For example: walking down a hallway on the right side and absolutely not on the left or lining up when leaving class. Even for teachers we expect the student to raise there hand just because it was a behaviour we learned we assume all student will know to do this! We need to be aware that there can be different common sense in different cultures as well maybe someone that is an immigrant walked in the left side of the hallway? We would probably think to ourself “what are you doing” or when someone budges in line, again “what are you doing”! These are not norms directly taught to us it’s the common sense that we learn from action in our community something we just do something we don’t question.

In relation to this a “good” student is a student you is privileged or a student who grew up accustomed to norms. A “good” student is one who doesn’t question common sense. Yet this is based on the values are curriculum and biases hold us too! It is possible to break away from the idea of what a “good” student should look, act and believe and instead beleieve everyone can be a good student if they are expanders of knowledge and critical thinkers with any subject brought towards them.

Ecs 200 chapter 11 promoting and motivating

3 things that are new to me

1. Many students experience ripple effects in the classroom that influences success. This was something particularly true for my class and home life being able to learn from my others mistakes.

2. Research shows teachers self efficacy grows from students. This is interesting and probobly has to do with the fact that teachers need to have a good set of values and goals in order to know how to promote them to the students.

3. I learnt that there is factors that influence individual learning. Models are likely to perform actions they believe are appropriate to receive rewarding outcomes. One of the reasons why I agree is because without my own role models who promoted high grade goals I wouldn’t have had a high enough average to attend university.

2 things I connected with

  1.  I usually do not connect at the first page in the chapter but when The page addressed how you need to be organized and how students come to class with some bags and filled with overdue assignments, sheets and papers from last semester, I thought I still do this in University.  With this in mind I know that this is a problem that I will need to look at as a teacher and make sure that I am better self regulating in order to be a positive role model.

2. Self talk and self instruction is important to the student.  I use self talk as a coping mechanism myself and it helps me to plan and make goals for myself. I feel like sometimes saying these goals out loud makes them feel more realistic.

1 question I still have

1.  What happens if I do not have my own self efficacy as a teacher as we know this will influence my students. Who will be my teacher to help promise me to a better self.