This article is archived online through the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and presents a framework for incorporating practical solutions for creating a culturally responsive learning environment. The article describes a cultural history of education which has framed attitudes towards motivation towards external instead of intrinsic understandings. Culturally responsive teaching is viewed as a way to encourage intrinsic motivation by allowing students to relate concepts to their own cultural backgrounds.
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By doing a bit of quick research into Tim Michel, whose video interview we watched this week, I found this article (“Undergraduate Research Examines Class Discussions”) about a research project undertaken by a group of UBC students. Their work resulted in the project and website, “What I learned in class today: Aboriginal issues in the classroom”, which asks educators the question of how they discuss Aboriginal issues in their own lessons. The project did a number of video interviews with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal UBC students, asking them to recount some of their experiences of talking about Aboriginal issues, including when it was clearly difficult to do so. They also interviewed a number of UBC instructors, who shared their experiences and beliefs about this topic.
Another feature of the website that is incredibly interesting and helpful for instructors who have questions about how to best address Aboriginal issues are resources and discussion topics for self-education, tied back to the interviews. Most of the website’s components and resources also appear to be available for download, including a workshop (and trouble-shooting guide!) model for interested parties. I look forward to absorbing this project’s contents, and considering how I might be able to use these excellent primary resources and guides in my own teaching!
The Alaska Native Network had very interesting curriculum documents which incorporated Indigenous knowledge systems. I wanted to know if there were similar resources with the same ideas.
This article provides information about how to teach using medicine wheel principles. It elaborates more on the circular process of learning (introduce, explore, apply, generalize, etc).
Four Directions Teachings uses audio-visual presentations to teach about Indigenous philosophies and teaching methods.
One aspect that has come up in the discussions is the point that many people would like to improve our practice but are at a loss when it comes to finding resources or information to help us expand our ideas.
This website is designed specifically for educators looking to expand their knowledge about First Nations, Inuit, and Metis worldviews. Their mission is to help teachers infuse these worldviews into teaching. This is a beautifully designed website, and absolutely packed with information.
The Yukon First Nations Education Resource has curriculum type documents including lesson plans and teacher guides.