Reading Response Six: Philosophies and Residential Schools

This week, we had multiple readings. One of the readings mentioned the establishment of residential schools in Canada. During the reading, it mentioned that Aboriginal people had taken it upon themselves to establish education for Aboriginal children. I personally had never heard of these schools--we were always taught that residential schools were the first type …

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Reading Response Five: Culture and Diversity

In chapter six of our textbook, the authors dedicate their time to highlighting the importance of culture and diversity and how to broach the subject in the classroom. I noticed that this chapter is very statistics-based, and a lot of them shocked me. For one, students who live in poverty fall behind in reading-comprehension compared …

Reading Response Four: Living our way to new thinking

In Nourishing the Learning Spirit, Battiste points out the importance of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, and how it is beneficial to First Nations students. However, to this day classrooms still continue to teach from a Eurocentric perspective, with no regard for Indigenous perspectives, thus leaving First Nations students behind. Learning is guided by the spirit, …

Reading Response Three: Social Cognitive Views of Learning and Motivation

In Perry, Woolfolk, and Winnie's eleventh chapter of Educational Psychology, they focus on the importance of social cognitive theory and the importance of models, and in another chapter, they talk about how mental health can affect the performance of a person's learning. One thing I hadn't realized is how our own self-efficacy can affect the way …