RSS

Category Archives: Social Studies

Canada Fails Aboriginals in Education but supports other countries


…one of the students, a smart and popular boy from a reserve in northern B.C., dropped out this fall, it was an eye-opener for Pearson’s director, David Hawley. While the school provides special support for students from war-torn countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, it never occurred to him that students from Canada, home to one of the world’s top-ranked education systems, would need the same consideration. He and his staff are now investigating whether they can provide first nations students with the same supports they provide international refugees…

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/aboriginal-struggles-at-elite-school-reveal-stark-realities-in-canadian-education/article2335007/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=Referrer%3A+Social+Network+%2F+Media&utm_content=2335007&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links&service=mobile

 

Tags:

Recommended Read: How to Keep Your Language Alive


How to Keep Your Language Alive: A Commonsense Approach to One-On-One Language Learning (Paperback)
Leanne Hinton

New speakers for endangered languages

Amid worldwide accounts of dying languages, author Leanne Hinton and a group of dedicated language activists are doing something about it: they have created a master-apprentice language program, a one-on-one approach that has been remarkably successful in ensuring new speakers will take the place of those, often elderly, who are fluent in an endangered language.

How to Keep Your Language Alive is a manual for students of all languages, from Yurok to Yiddish, Washoe to Welsh; complete with exercises that can–can and should–be done in the most ordinary of settings, written with great simplicity and directness by a member of the linguistics faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.ca/Keep-Your-Language-Alive-One/dp/1890771422

 

 

Kid’s Book Review: Wishes and Worries


Here’s a book recommended by an Elder and Educator from my home community of Saddle Lake Cree Nation. This is an excellent resource.  Sometimes these are hard issues to address but necessary.  If anything, let’s a child know they are not alone.

Wishes and Worries

Wishes and Worries. Coping With a Parent Who Drinks Too Much Alcohol
Tundra Books
age 5-8
Written by Centre For Addiction And Mental Health, Illustrated by Lars Rudebjer
32 pages

Synopsis from Tundra Books:

Children of parents who drink too much alcohol are affected in many ways. They may experience anger, fear, confusion, and guilt. This reassuring book, written by professionals, offers information in the form of a story about one family’s struggle. When Dad’s drinking ruins a birthday party, everyone wishes that he would just stop. If only wishing could fix the problem… (click book review link below to read more)

Book Review: http://www.everythingmom.com/kids-books/kids-book-review-wishes-and-worries.html

Buy at Amazon:http://tinyurl.com/74mxbt3

 

Blind Spot uncovered


“How can you be a father if you haven’t had a father?”

This seemingly innocuous question becomes more intriguing upon reflection and CBC reporter/producer Geoff Leo is hoping a documentary shot in Regina will shine a spotlight on a subject that has been hidden in plain sight for decades.

Blind Spot: What Happened To Canada’s Aboriginal Fathers? not only puts the issue of absent aboriginal fathers under a microscope but also attempts to explain the causes of the crisis, the possible solutions and why the issue has never been addressed nationally…. more:http://www.leaderpost.com/life/Blind+Spot+uncovered/5976856/story.html#ixzz1jV7a6pYN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check it out HERE >>> Blind Spot uncovered.

 

BLIND SPOT – What Happened to Canada’s Aboriginal Fathers?

BlindSpot_R1 thumb.jpgJoin us for a free documentary screening of BLIND SPOT: What Happened to Canada’s Aboriginal Fathers?
Blind Spot is a one-hour television documentary filmed in North Central Regina by Geoff Leo of CBC Saskatchewan. The documentary sheds light on the largely unknown and unstudied issue of fatherlessness in Aboriginal communities–the BLIND SPOT. It follows three First Nations men as they face their own personal demons on their quest to become better fathers–even if the odds are against them. 

Thursday, January 12
Albert Scott Community Centre – 1264 Athol Street
Doors Open – 6:00 pm (free chili and bannock)
Screening – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Followed by a discussion led by Geoff Leo, CBC Saskatchewan and Nick Helliwell, Healing Heart Ministries Men’s Group.
Click here to watch the trailer http://youtu.be/MgGxaJhtcOw
 

Tim Wise – The Pathology of White Privilege


Tim Wise – The Pathology of White Privilege
Wise provides a non-confrontational explanation of white privilege and the damage it does not only to people of color but to white people as well.

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=3812249801848706206&hl=en&fs=true

 

WEB 2.0


Here are some WEB 2.0 Resources for their main home page. I hope this helps when using in your Lesson Plans:

Click to access

Discovery Education: http://web2011.discoveryeducation.com/
Conquering Technophobia: Web 2.0 Explained: http://ktitraci.wikispaces.com/file/view/Web2.0.pdf

 

NEW BOOK by Janet WIlson: Shannen and the Dream for a School


Here is a must see…

SHANNEN’S DREAM

Shannen Koostachin of Attawapiskat First Nation had a dream – safe and comfy schools and culturally based education for First Nations children and youth. She worked tirelessly to try to convince the federal government to give First Nations children a proper education before tragically passing away at the age of 15 years old in 2010. Now it is our turn to carry her dream forward.

“All students in Canada deserve a learning environment that they are proud to attend, and that gives them hope. 
We want the same hope as every other Canadian  student.”              
                                 Shannen Koostachin, 13, 
                               Attawapiskat First Nation

Janet Wilson, Canadian Author, Artist, Speaker has written a book on Shannen’s Dream.  Janet also has written other excellent books to add to your resources, classroom, and/or library.

Home: www.janetwilcon.ca

Recently Released book called “Shannen and the Dream for a School“: http://www.janetwilson.ca/shannen-and-the-dream-for-a-school.html


 

Are You Not Sure How to teach your Kids about Internet Privacy & get Media Literate?


Here is an excellent resource for Teachers and Parents, or just anyone wanting to educate themselves on responsible use on the Internet…

Click to access

Media Awareness Network (MNET)

Media and Internet Resources for Teachers & Parents

Resources and support for everyone interested in media literacy and digital literacy for young people. To learn how to get the most out of the tools and resources…

 

Book Review by our ATEP Class of the HUNCHBACK ASSIGNMENTS


Adventure, Suspense, Heart Pounding thought provoking…

“When Mr. Socrates, a member of the shadowy Permanent Association, hears of a hunchbacked infant with the ability to transform his appearance…naming him Modo…raises…in isolation, training him to become a secret agent.”  Soon he meets the beautiful agent Octavia Milkweed and together they help Mr. Socrates “stop the mad scientist Dr. Hyde before he unleashes his monstrous plans upon unsuspecting Londoners” staged during the Victorian era of the 1800s.

This adventurous, intriguing, “action packed adventure”, suspenseful, heart pounding, non-fictional story evoked mixed emotions in the readers from horror to sympathy to anticipation to anger; however, the common theme is they were “hooked”!

This book is geared towards grades 4 and up but it was discussed that the teacher would need to be aware of the students’ abilities and personality to get the most out of the novel because of the length, content, vocabulary, and reading level.

The unique characters really brought out the story in the book and allowed the readers to connect with them in various ways through Slade’s emotionally impacting and revealing introduction of each character in the beginning.  Author Arthur Slade did an excellent “job maintaining suspense” that the reader had a hard time putting the book down and encouraged further reading of the series.

Chapter 33 was the most intriguing chapter for me because of the underlying message the reader would receive during Modo’s intellectually strategic technique to save the children and stop the Clockwork Guilt’s evil plan.  Modo’s gift and actions in the storyline was so thought provoking that it allowed the reader to look within to look at their beliefs and interpret, from their perceptive, what moral message they would receive from the story.  It was interesting how each of us received the same similar overall message of how feeling understood, validated, and worthy can allow us to see our inner power and strength.  In addition, to helping us to believe in our self, trusting our inner voice to get us through anything; however, upon further reflection, we also received additional messages based on our experiences, morals, and beliefs like love yourself; let go of anger it only harms self and permits others to control us; and how courage and inspiration can go along way.  In addition, I liked how one of the readers said to value your inner power and “positive thinking and finding that one person in life you can listen to and get strength from” helps us all.  This is a very powerful message for young people to understand because a youth’s life can be so confusing sometimes. It was very interesting reading different points of views about what lesson(s) were embedded in Modo’s strategy to save the children.

This novel was a pleasure for the readers and a great resource for the classroom; in addition to the great resources via website like book reviews, study guide, videos, and more.  Overall, we can all agree this is an excellent and fun read!

Download the Attached PDF FIle for use in the classroom.

www.hunchbackassignments.com

www.arthurslade.com

 

EDEL 335 Social Studies (SS) – September 14, 2011


Watched PART II of David George Video:

Brenda wrote key words on the board of the video:

She drew the World View Compass on the SS Program of Studies on page 3: @ http://education.alberta.ca/media/456082/sockto3.pdf

Identity

Vision    K-12     21st Century     Citizenship     Perspectives: Aboriginal & Franco phone & Other

Pluralism     interdisciplinary     issues   critical inquiry

THINKING: Geographic thinking     Historical Thinking   Metacognitive & Creative thinking

***As Teachers we are: moving them from what to think to —-> showing them of HOW to think & how to be in control of their KNOWING HOW

SS is about REAL PEOPLE who contributed or are part of history

RE: Unit Plan Assignment EXAMPLE

In the SS Program of Studies:

  • VALUES & ATTITUDES: choose 1-2 to focus on
  • KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING:  choose 2-4 to focus on
  • SKILLS & PROCESSES (Dimensions of Thinking): choose 2 -3 to focus on
    • don’t need to hand in next week (Sept. 21, 2011)

How to create a CURRICULUM CLUSTER example from Grade 5

5.1.1.4: appreciate how the land sustains communities and the diverse ways that people have of

living with the land (GC, LPP)

5.2.2.1: What do the stories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples tell us about their beliefs

regarding the relationship between people and the land? (I, CC, TCC, LPP)

5.S.#: (We will add later as course progresses for final assignment)

5.1.1.7: appreciate the geographic vastness of Canada (LPP)

5.1.3.1: In what ways do natural resources and the physical geography of a region determine the

establishment of communities? (ER, LPP)

5.1.2.2: How do landforms, bodies of water and natural resources affect the quality of life in

Canada? (LPP)

5.S.#: (We will add later as course progresses for final assignment)

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on September 14, 2011 in EDEL 335, Social Studies

 
 
%d bloggers like this: