Indigenous Spirituality and Christianity

Today, with my friend and colleague, the District Principal for Aboriginal Education in Delta,  I had the opportunity to work with a group of thirty teachers who teach in a Christian Independent school in British Columbia. In addition to teaching about the timeline of history through an experiential ‘beaded timeline’ and working with Indigenous ways..

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Classroom and home-based strategies to prevent gender bias

Gardner (2006) has identified several factors that aid in mind changing.  One of these factors relates to the affective component of the idea to be learned and alludes to the way that something is taught and may be strategically leveraged in the educator-student and parent-child relationship.   Teacher educators and caregivers need to be intentional..

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Education in the United Kingdom compared to Canada

I recently asked my graduate students to compare Canada’s education system with that of another country using data from the latest OECD report.   Erica Fisher, an  elementary teacher from the  Toronto District School Board decided to compare education in the UK with that in Canada.  The results may surprise you.  I reprint her synthesis and..

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How we teach matters

How we teach matters   I attended an educational conference session recently which really resonated with me. Dr. David Smith from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan gave me language to explain the ‘why’ behind what I do what I do.   I found his session both informative and motivating and will attempt to synthesize my ‘take..

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All Our Relations

“In Canada, half of all First Nations children live in poverty, the life expectancy of First Nations people is five to seven years less than that of other Canadians, and the practice of placing Indigenous children in foster care remains a significant issue.  Secondary school graduation rates for First Nations youth living on reserve are..

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Jan 30 is the 71st anniversary of the death of a great peace leader – Mohandas Gandhi

Gandhi was born Oct. 2 1869 and died (he was shot) Jan. 30 1948 at the age of 79. May 1893 Mohandas Gandhi was thrown off a South African train, motivating him to fight for Indian rights in the British colony.  He is often described as the spiritual and political leader of India. His list..

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Indigenizing Curriculum: Shift Paradigms

  Critical pedagogy is pivotal when addressing Indigenization of the curriculum; for, at the core of the process is the art of challenging assumptions. As Maori professor Linda Tuhiwae Smith demonstrates (2008), there is a Western-centric dominance of research theory and praxis. If this is the education system            experienced by..

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Indigenizing the Curriculum: Foundational Questions

  The Indigenization of the British Columbia curriculum requires new constructs for leadership, Indigenous pedagogical practices, perspectives and content, and a vision for changing paradigms. A process such as Halbert and Kaser’s (2013) spirals of inquiry can help educators realize that learning is not linear but recursive. With respect to Indigenization, they suggest consideration of..

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Learning to trust ourselves in difficult situations – Adult Education

We see the world through our own lens which is why knowing ourselves is so very important. What parts of your past trigger reactions in you? Where do you find you are at your best? What is important to you? What bothers you? If you can articulate these things clearly then you will have more..

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