A colleague at BCIT, Derik Joseph, who is an education coordinator in the Aboriginal Services office, recently completed his MA in Communications at Royal Roads. His thesis centered around 10 First Nation students at BCIT who he interviewed in an effort to better understand the First Nation perspective of life at BCIT (2014). As a First Nation man himself, he has a unique connection to the students and provides a narrative and story of both his life, his role and place in the research and the themes that exist from the stories told to him by the 10 students who participated and contributed to the study. Here, as in the videos for this week, the goal is to give back and to create something of use to the aboriginal community. Derik identifies 5 themes in his study and these include: 1) family history; 2) First Nation identity; 3) culture; 4) work ethic and 5) role models.
BCIT. (May 8, 2014). Aboriginal Speaker Series – Derik Joseph. Accessed June 6, 2015 from https://youtu.be/zL-2hrlmwMk.
Stories of the Night Sky is a project where Aboriginal youth from across Canada share stories from community elders through digital video technology. The Mi’kmaq Elders were a large support in revitalizing these stories so that the youth could share them through digital media bringing in both old and new perspectives. As each province is unique in land and sky patterns, the stories are also unique and so you are able to view stories of the night sky from each province in Canada. I was really interested in viewing more stories but not all of the links are working. For some videos, there are translations available.
The visible thinking routines developed at Harvard Project Zero- http://www.visiblethinkingpz.org/ focus on helping developing a culture of thinking in our classrooms through different ways of thinking and understanding. They help students find meaning in subject areas and make connections between school and everyday. These routines if used effectively can help in developing thinking that is more open minded and encourage thinking about issues at a deeper level.
The following Truth and Fairness Routines such as ‘Claim, Support, Question,’ ‘Circle of Viewpoints’ or ‘True for Who.’can help explore diverse perspectives and reason with evidence.
Other Visible Thinking References
Artful Thinking- Making Thinking Visible using Art and Images:
Ritchhart, Ron. Intellectual Character. (2002). Jossey-Bass, U.S.A.
Ritchhart, Ron., Church, Mark & Morrison, Karin. Making Thinking Visible. (2011).Jossey- Bas, U.S.A.
Ritchhart, Ron. Creating Cultures of Thinking. (2015). Jossey- Bass, U.S.A.