Module 3 Weblog

Module 3 Weblog

  1. Stepping Stones- Ontario Government Brochure

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/brochure/stepStones.html

This was a resource I came across when locating information for my final project. It is directed to educators of youth and provides a wealth of information specifically focusing on teaching to students’ ‘whole self’- cognitive, emotional, social and physical self. For learning to occur, students must be taught by educators who can understand the developmental changes they are going through. This is a great resource to remind to help us understand youth development better.

 

  1. Photovoice with Aboriginal Youth- PDF

http://www.cmha.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Final-Draft-Photovoice-Book-June-5.pdf

This is a community project that was made to promote mental health of Aboriginal youth and families. While it is specific to three different regions in British Colombia, I thought the idea of having youth take photos, as a way of telling a story about their lives, was an intriguing method that educators can implement in to the classroom. Including storytelling into the classroom as a way to share and transmit knowledge, educators can encourage aboriginal ways into the classroom.

 

  1. Peer Perspectives: Expressions of Aboriginal Youth (3 parts)-YouTube Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuhfenCO45U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXLwFlypPPY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlqhKbVyFJA

This is a 3-part video series on YouTube from Access to Media Education Society (AMES). These videos follow 3 First Nations artists and the role that video has played in encouraging youth to share their stories. The youth explained that they wanted and saw the need to see aboriginal youth represented properly in the media and so they started created their own films. This would be a great resource to use in upper Elementary or High School classes.

 

  1. Aboriginal Education as Cultural Brokerage- Scholarly Paper

http://mje.mcgill.ca/article/viewFile/2853/3980

This is a scholarly paper written by Kitchen, Cherubini, Trudeau & Hodson (2009) that discussed the experiences of six Aboriginal teachers and their opinions of teacher education not being respectful of Aboriginal languages and cultures. They authors discuss how both Aboriginal education and western education should not be taught separately but should be melded together as one way of teaching. This was an interesting paper for me as I have lately found myself wondering how I can include aboriginal perspectives into my teaching. After reading this article I realized it should not be the inclusion of one aboriginal based activity into a classroom but rather how incorporating a more holistic approach to education in general may be the answer.

 

  1. What Brings Us Here- Instagram Feed

https://www.instagram.com/whatbringsushere/

This is an Instagram feed of “Indigenous-led activism” based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Each picture/video depicts a story explained by aboriginal perspectives. While many of the stories are quite heartbreaking and perhaps not appropriate for all age groups of students, it does provide another way of experiencing and becoming knowledgeable about Aboriginal culture. Instagram is one of the most widely used social media platforms that reaches millions of people across the globe. To see that aboriginal perspectives are being shared on such a platform is encouraging to see.

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