With Power comes Privileged and Without Power comes the Sad Truth.

3 Things that are new to me:

  1. In the article Nourishing The Learning spirit, it said “Scientists have just begun to recognize the potential of Indigenous knowledge. This was appauling! We want to know more about the world, YET, we do not even look into the cultures that go back thousands of years. It is sad we did not start recognizing their stories and looking into this knowledge sooner. With the loss of language already in the many indigenous cultures throughout the world the sooner we start listening the better!
  2. Reconceptualists is a new word for me, a movement I have never been aware of. It is about challenging European and westernized views and supporting diversity in its fullness. I appreciate how it attends to the marginalized community  and reveals the privileges that come with power. With this reveling process maybe our students will be more critical in the traditions they want to take part in.
  3. The idea of the “good student/child”  was definitely one of the common sense ideas that I was not aware of. For myself I always thought a good student was a student who was not late, finished assignments, completed assignments well, got good marks and was willing to learn. Yet there is no such thing as a good student. How can we compare one child to the idea of a “normal child” without a complete definition of normal how can a student be exceptional. My thoughts on a good student have changed from having “good” qualities to how well a student can improve!

2 Things I have connected with

  1. Early childhood educators have been researching children’s awareness of gender racism and power. This is even true for students who attend University of Regina! The university gives all students the opportunity to push down the wall we had built up against these topics. Many of us believed until now we were not racist, sexist or privileged unless we expressed it out loud. We forgot about our thoughts, actions and choices we made and continue to make that negatively impact our identity as a diverse individual. Is this a trait that comes from learned behavior or it one that comes naturally? It is hard to study this since children around the globe younger and younger are being influenced by power how can we study it as a nature vs nurture topic when there is so many opportunities power can negatively impact our young.
  2. The mission to teach indigenous culture to all people and not just those who are indigenous is the most important thing we can do as teachers. I connected this to my ECS 210 class where we talked about how it is easy for teachers to think they can skip over the topic when there is no indigenous people in the room. It is crucial we teach all students because it is the natural culture in this country, by teaching it more people will be understanding and take initiative to see the importance in it.

1 Question I still have

  1.     Our students will probably still be going home to parents with a different outlook on treaty ed, power and indigenous culture, how can we prepare our students to challenge their parents possible negative outlooks.

We stand on the land

1. What is the purpose of teaching Treaty Ed (specifically) or First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) Content and Perspectives (generally) where there are few or no First Nations, Metis, Inuit peoples?

The purpose of teaching this topic to students is to give value to the First Nations people’s history to remind our students that we share this land with a culture that has been hear before many of our own cultures. We study this because in order to not make the same mistakes in the future we need to hear the stories of what happened in the past. Many students and adults don’t understand the turmoil that the indigenous people went through and the domino effect they are still facing.  White privledge is a topic that should be addressed at the school to the past student  of mikes and many school where there isn’t a abundance of indigineous people that doesn’t mean there is no importance behind the lesson. Because we are all treaty people we all need to know our history and our place in it. This is the land we stand on and our duty as Canadians is to at most know what the indegenous people had to go through when we took not only there land but tried to diminish them as a culture! We will continue to do this until we understand the turmoil we brought since we still continue to be racist and still assimilate. As teachers we will all make mistakes teaching about a culture that’s not ours but we need to attempt to learn and teach it to our students.
2. What does it mean for your understanding of curriculum that “We are all treaty people”?

Knowledge about place can be detrimental


“So you use paquataskamik if you are fluent (in Cree) and if you are a young kid you use noscheemik … they confused,  they’re not saying it properly. That’s too high of a word for them so they just use the simple word, noscheemik.”

When I first read this quote I instantly noticed the impact residential schools and colonization had on language. When language is lost, parts of culture are lost too. Every word in Canada’s Indigenous languages are important. Talking in their language were not just important for their everyday life it was crucial to speak and understand to shared their history through storytelling. The colonized world no longer fits with the words values. For example, the word hjkl could of meant something hilarious but since nobody can understand the language its humour has been lost.

It is sad indigenous peoples sense of language and home has been lost. The places and land in which many indigenous peoples of Canada’s ancestors would of called wonderful feels so downsized and lacking from the definitions behind the words used to express their connection with the land.

It is interesting to note that many young members of Indigenous communities are not being taught the importance of their own culture. The stories about the land are not being told and if they are many people do not understand them. With the lack of story telling the connection towards the land and nature is depleting.

With becoming a teacher I need to remember my place within the land I’m standing on. Treaty 4 and 6 Territory are both places I call home. I need to have a part in the community to understand my connection to it. We stand on this land for some importance that we are not fully aware of! We need to make sure we do more than bury are feet in the earth and instead walk great lengths to understand it. We have many stories and lessons to learn. The world has many cultures to learn from, but, with being in Canada why don’t we know more about our own people. It is time to hear the stories from Canadian soil, not the soil in England that many of us have never or will never walk on. It is funny how we know more about history on the other side of the world versus the true history that can be told but nobody wants to hear here.

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.



Impacts on Identity

3 things I found interesting

1. I think it is interesting there is research out in to find the different types of parenting styles. It’s interesting how in my mind when reading the different styles I can remember a parent from my community that is a pure example of that style.

2. Moratorium means identity crisis; suspension of choices because of struggle. I think how it’s interesting that now I have a name to call this struggle it makes it seem valuable to being aware of in my students so I can help guide them into choice that will be more successful in there future.

3. I think it’s crazy that girls already in grade 2 and 3 have experienced a time where they used rational aggression. They might just do it verbally by lashing out but this is something important to keep in mind so we can guide them to exspress there emotions in a different way.

2 things I have connected with

1. We learnt that girls tend to mature faster than boys and I connected this with the importance of recess because Maturation might be a leading factor in a child’s recessed play. The reason why I think it is detrimental it’s because when someone says they may lose their sense of imagination and instead of wanting to run around the lower playground imagining the ground is lava we usually see girl students trying to stay inside or not moving around and just socializing with friends.

2. My moms parenting was quite wishy-washy. Her parenting style was quite authoritarian. The reason I found this style wishy-washy is she never explained reasoning behind her rules. An example could be When one day u get in trouble for something and the next day u do it but u still get in trouble for not doing it right and the next day u do it right but there’s never a reward or reason that you know of to do the task.


1 thing I’m still wondering about

1. We learnt the many parenting styles but which one would be best for a child with a behaviour problem based on psychological research.


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

Education is important to all students because learning how to do anything in a successful manner will be beneficial to anything you do in life. For instance, being able to talk is something we learn at home and in school. If we do not learn how to express our thoughts into words we would never be able to share our knowledge or opinions. Earths planet is populated with millions of people who all have a different idea on what life should be like and it is important that we collaborate all of our thoughts because when collaboration happens knowledge is formed.

I would say knowledge is a pretty powerful weapon. If I were in an argument i would have the knowledge of how to express myself respectively from my social work class. If I was stranded by myself on an island I would have basic chemistry and science and math tools to hopefully help me to safety. I think education has prepared many of us for many jobs but also to be structure minded individuals so we are able to think critically and not assume all that we hear. Maybe education is not only a weapon but it is also an Armour so we are prepared to face anything. With education being a weapon it could be detrimental to those who are not in schools,  yet, I know that learning can be done a lot through inquiry and the wondering process.

It is important for all students to have a desire to learn, understand how education can save there life and know how to share there knowledge to others. Students are the future teachers even if they decide not to be a teacher in a school they will teach there children and there peers there belief and as the school teachers we need to help them learn the basic tools so they can understand any new idea that’s thrown at them

School, Curriculum and Control (Response 2)

In elementary school my teacher had us partake in the type to learn process. Type to learn had helped me type at the beginning when completing the course. Today, is a different story.  I could not tell you the proper way to place my hands on the computer keyboard.  This could be due to the lack of time spent on the computers after the process. Without being able to practice I was unable to achieve success in a skill I had completed a course on.

In my school we also used a resource called Career Cruising. Career Cruising is an online portal where students go through a process of answering a survey to see what jobs they would be good at. The survey was able to use your identities interests and skills and place them behind a possible future occupation. I connected this Site to the Tyler’s rationale because it see’s the child as a savage needing to be moulded into an ideal adult. This system already in grade 7 picked out three jobs that I should become. This site gave us the ability to believe these were are only choice because these were the only thing we were good at.

Limitations on the Tyler rationale is quite simple to see because students are formed into something that seems great and ideal for society. With this belief being taught to the students it does not give the students a chance to mold outside from the box lifestyle that the curriculum holds them too.

The Tyler rationale mentions that we need functioning members of society with this idea we need to remember that we want to prepare them for tomorrow, not today or yesterday like we currently do. Yes, curriculum does sometimes change but not enough for our forever changing society. Keeping in mind we are not teaching our generation at that age we are teaching a new generation at that age.

Tyler’s rationale has potential benefits because when we teach everyone the same thing this results in like thinkers.  Like thinkers will usually get along because everyone enjoys being around people who are alike and value the same things. So yes this could be a potential success, but of course if we were all like thinkers collaboration will diminish because everyone will only believe in one structure.

As a society we need to remember the importance  to have diversity; that’s why it’s great that we can play with the curriculum and help to diminish the control in the school and curriculum.


ECS 200 RESPONSE 1 (educational psychology)

3 Things I have learnt:
1: There are limitations on theory’s and they don’t always work and that’s why they are called a theory. Before this class I had the belief that Piaget was the only theorist I should be following now seeing Vygotsky in a different light has made me question my values.
2: That listening to Mozart does not make you smarter. This must have been a belief I learnt through the school system it was interesting to debunk this belief and see how actually playing an instrument can hep to our success as a student. This new belief has made me see an importance in learning an instrument and how bands and orchestras can be beneficial.
3: I have learnt from the book and in lecture how my belief systems connect more with Vygotskys than Piagets. The reason I believe I havethis connection for this is when I grew up I took on many of the same values and beliefs on who I surrounded myself with. I grew up in a mixed family so understand how a lot self building in myself came from people I looked up to that were not blood related.

2 Things I have connected with:
1: Brain imaging proved that students who are great readers are better at learning terminology and new words in books because they can draw connections to other words they have learnt versus those who are not exceptional at reading. I struggled reading as a student so I definitely agree this is not only accurate but it can also be seen in writing when a student is not an exceptional reader they sometimes do not have the best understanding on how to get their ideas across in a efficient manner.
2: Having a connecting to resilient students I believe will be beneficial to me as a teacher many students need to overcome challenges to learn and be successful. I have learnt from my life it is good to surround yourself with people who have goals and a healthy relationship with school because it makes you value school differently and I found when I do this I have a higher success rate even if I am facing challenges in my home life.
1 Thing that I am still wondering:

1: With the many theorist we are learning about how do we place our values and beliefs into a theory and follow it without becoming wishy washy when there is no set way in how we should teach the future.