November 9th, 2015

Week 9 – November 9th, 2015          Planning for Social Studies

This class we had class/group discussion on two articles:
Treaty Essential Learnings – Worldview Article
Indigenous Knowledges and the Story of the Bean by Brayboy & Maughan

Treaty Essential Learnings:
What we discussed as a class was the importance of the commonalities in the First Nations culture (i.e., circle connecting to the Medicine Wheel). We also touched on how context is important when teaching lessons; and to be culturally sensitive to the uniqueness of each group.

As teachers, we can encourage holistic thinking by bringing in different worldviews and discussing them as a class (this reminded me of what we learned during Treaty Education).

As a teacher, it can be difficult to transfer the Treaty Education Learning into real life application, where it seems the traditional worldview of is not practiced. It could be useful to highlight with students that these are traditional but still relevant and significant to our lives and communities today.

Indigenous Knowledges & the Story of the Bean:

When considering Indigenous ways of knowing, it is important to remember the variety and complexity that exists among the varying Indigenous and Aboriginal groups and to also consider and consult the values and ways of knowing within the contexts where we live (both Indigenous and Western views).

Quote from the article:

“The process of contextualizing of what is being learned and tying it to the actual lives of the children is an important part of Indigenous Knowledge System.”

The Indigenous perspective of educating about growing a bean provides non-Indigenous teachers with some perspective of how an Indigenous based lesson could look. The article also outlines the importance of teaching according to regional Indigenous or Aboriginal values and ways of knowing since there is a wide variety according to distinct cultures.

Green Bean Sprouts