Oct​ 7th blog post

Reconciliation is telling the truth, apologizing and meaning it, and changing the future for the better. Without one of these 3 things, reconciliation will not happen. Hiding the truth invalidates survivors’ experiences and harms them. Not apologizing means not admitting fault and false apologies mean nothing.  most importantly, if you don’t change your ways after you apologize, the cycle of hurting, apologizing and hurting again will just continue. In the article, it says: “decolonization as an act of resistance must not be limited to rejecting and transforming dominant ideas; it also depends on recovering and renewing traditional, non-commodified cultural patterns such as mentoring and intergenerational relationships.” Gruenewald (2003), paraphrasing Bowers (2001). Ignoring the treaty and dismissing the history of one people to shove in your own and make them like you is decolonization. Canada and Saskatchewan are supposed to be a “mosaic” although for a long time we as a country/province didn’t really do a great job of that. In today’s classroom, we as educators need to be mindful of decolonization when we teach our versions of history 

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blog post, September​ 30th

 

A good student varies on the opinion of the teacher and location. In some countries students aren’t supposed to talk, only listen and test well. In the schooling environments that I’ve been in students are expected to contribute to the class discussion from a young age. If students don’t contribute and mingle with other classmates they are actually docked marks even if the student is extremely shy or has anxiety. A good student is quiet, but answers when called on. A good student sits still in their desk or chair and finished her assignment on time. A good student score 75+ on each test and assignment. A good student comes to class ready to learn, they are well-groomed and on time. 

Students who are able to achieve these are usually well-liked by other students, staff and teachers and are trusted. Students who don’t follow these rules are usually deemed troubled and are watched and judged more harshly as their behaviour become habits. Students who are “good students” usually come for good homes and are supported with educated parent(s).  These students probably don’t have a learning disability and learn easily. 

Growing up I wasn’t a good student. I never studied, my assignments were late or poor and I frankly don’t care about school and just wanted to talk to my friends. However, I am a friendly and very personable person, my teaches loved me even though I was getting the lowest marks in the class. Even though I was absolute trash of a student I was treated very well and given a lot of extra help within school. I come from a good and educated home and had no excuse not to do well in school. Growing up I had many teachers try to label me as having a learning disability to explain why this “good kid” wasn’t being a good student.

On the other hand, I had a close friend in my class who worked very hard for her grades and was one of the smartest in the class but the teachers and staff were always suspicious of her. She is an immigrant, her parents don’t speak English and she didn’t talk in class or participate in a class or extracurricular activities. Staff would ask me if she was a lesbian or if she hated everyone. They called her a vampire and grown men called her intimidating.  My friend was a good student to the school on paper but because they didn’t like her as a person she never got that title of a good student.

In our last year of high school my friend opened up a little and staff got to know her and it was only then when she received that kind treatment that I and the other students got.

Students shouldn’t have to change themselves to seem worthy to staff and as educators, we should think critically of the term “good students”.

 

​​Assignment 1 for ecs 210 roughdraft

For my critical summary, I have decided to focus on the topic of sex education in the curriculum. this topic is interesting to me because I feel although I had a unique expense with sex ed. I went to a small Christian high school where we learned “sex ed” once a year for about a week starting in grade 4 to grade 12. depending on what teacher you had your week of sex ed could be a welcome space with lots of learning or it could be a scary fear-mongering tactic used by teachers to scare us into celibacy.

In grade 12 I took bio 30 and we spent a full unit on sex education. my teacher took his time and created a safe space for all his students to learn about our bodies and ask questions. we learned all the names and parts of our reproduction system to different types of birth controls and their effectivity. I already knew a lot of the material but I knew a good few of my classmates were very sheltered and knew very little. for the most part, I knew my class left with a decent amount of knowledge. most of the topics we covered were in the curriculum so it surprised me when my best friend told me that her class covered very very little about sex ed in her school. if it’s in the curriculum how did her teacher just skip it? even though I went to a Christian school we learned about evolution, something most Christians don’t believe in, because it was in the curriculum.

in my research so far I have come across a few articles about people advocating for better sexual education. I want to know if there is material in sask curriculum for sex ed that is good and teachers are just choosing to overlook it or if there is little to no material.

I found a Saskatoon article with a lot of resources of sex ed and how to teach it, I am going to use a few of these to write my critical analysis.

scholarly article 1

scholarly article 2

the Ignorant Schoolmaster

The Ignorant Schoolmaster takes a modern stance on the idea of the teacher in the classroom. This article has caused me to rethink my ideas of what a teacher should be like for my future as an educator and to think critically about the lasting impressions that I will leave on my students. Ranciere’s Rationale teaches many valuable lessons that I, as a future educator, need to keep in judgment in my attitude of office.

This article reminded me that the traditional ideas of school being a brick building with uniforms and books is from European civilization. Just because this system of school is the most common in the western world doesn’t mean that it is the best. The structure, roles, and expectations of school today have been mostly determined by the colonizers of North America, who did not require other ways of knowing under consideration. Student’s ability to be able to teach themselves has decreased because they are being ignored by educators who think their way is better.

The second part of the article that stood out to me was the suppressive thought process that many teachers that many teachers have fresh out of university, a Eurocentric institution. Teachers decide they are the ultimate authority leaving little room for discussion for students with other teaching ideas. The most frustrating thing as a student was having teachers who could never admit that they were wrong. Whether it be in a math question or a discussion these teachers would just grit their teeth rather than admit a mistake. If you cannot admit you’re wrong ever you have no humility and your student will never respect you. Of course, it is ideal to maintain an orderly classroom with everything under control many teachers get a power trip over this and is to “rule” over the classroom. Or the teacher that finds joy in knowing that they are smarter than their students and watching them struggle, it is wrong and the opposite attitude of what a teacher should have.

The biggest take away I have from Ranciere’s Rational is for the equality of intelligence. School should be a place where students are always given the opportunity to feel safe to share their ideas. The Eurocentric system has taught students for hundreds of years that those who achieve high grades are smart and worthy of a good life, and those who do not are dumb and don’t deserve any recognition. This is significant because countless people that I have met in my life have said something to “I would pursue post-secondary but I was dumb in high school so I won’t” and that’s just not acceptable. Everyone is intelligent in their own ways and the purpose of an educator is to celebrate uniqueness in the classroom.

Community Service

I currently volunteer at my church the Regina Apostolic in the nursery Monday mornings with the 1-2-year-olds.

In grades 10, 11, 12 I was a part of an Inner City Missions team with my school that worked with multiple elementary schools around Regina. We would play games and spend time with the kids a couple times month getting to know them and building relationships.

2012-2014 I worked as a Leader in Training at my camp Kedleston Gospel camp. A leader in training helps out in cabins with the kids and assists the counselors

A little about me!

About me…

My name is Lilyanne Elder. I live in Regina Saskatchewan. I attended Regina Christian School from kindergarten to grade 12 where I graduated in 2016. I am currently enrolled at the University of Regina in my first year of Arts Education. I’ve always been passionate about the arts and specifically theatre and really enjoy working with children so it just felt like a perfect fit for me. after finishing my degree in arts ed I am hoping to continue my education by going into education psycology so I can work even more closely with children.

From a young age, I was very involved with the arts. I loved to sing and act and because very involved with church performances, elementary performances, voice lessons and high school musicals. For the last two years of high school, I was lucky enough to land the leads both years in the musicals Annie and Mary Poppins. I loved both experiences so much and I hope that when I’m a teacher I’m able to give my students amazing experience’s as I did.

During my high school years, I attended two educational tours for students. The first one I attended was with EF Tours on a 2 week trip through the England, France, and Spain. I learned a lot on this trip about Europe and it sparked my love for traveling. The next trip I went on was with my school to Guatemala for a mission’s trip. On this trip, we were working with kids every day and I absolutely loved it and decided on teaching shortly after. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities to go on both of these trips as well and the life lessons I took away from them.

It’s my personal goal as a future educator to have good relationships with my students and to give them the best experiences and opportunities as I did.

What I Believe…

I believe…

~ Teaching is a privilege and a very serious and important occupation because teachers shape the next generation.

~ Every child has a right to education.

~ Education is the most important part of society.

~ Everyone’s teaching is different because we all have a different past and different experiences.

~Education should be made more available and attainable to everyone.

~ Parents and teachers must work together to make sure the child is getting the most out of their education at school and in the home.

~ education is no a “one size fits all” and must be individualized in order to correctly teach everyone appropriately.

~ Teachers must have a balance in the relationship, respect, and professionalism.

~ Relationship with the student is a key component in education.

~ Teachers should never judge a student based on race, background, sexuality, religious views, or political viewpoints.

 

Week 7 at Judge Bryant School

This week was my last week. At the end of the day, Miss C announced that this would be me and Joelle’s last day and almost every kid yelled no. I told my little buddy Kale that it was my last day in the morning and he was stuck to my side like glue the entire time and by the end of the day I was getting like 5-minute hugs.  I found myself almost tearing up as the kids hugged us one by one as we left.

My partner and I made our own little art project for the kids because in their art classes its more about dance and movement than drawing, painting and creating. The grade 2s were reading The Wizard of Oz so we incorporated that into our lesson as well.  Our lesson was making the wizard of oz characters out of toilet paper rolls and decorating them. Its really simple and the supplies were minimum. The kids really enjoyed it as well as Miss C says they aren’t given free range for assignments usually.

my experience with the grade 2s at Judge Bryant was incredible and I will miss all my students very much!

Week 6 at Judge Bryant School

This week I found a student that I was close with named Rhea crying in the corner. I asked her to come over to me and asked what was wrong. She explained that her parents had gotten into an argument and the police were called because it had gotten so out of hand. It’s so heart wrenching and I just wanted to take her home with me. I’ve never dealt with something to that scale and felt useless because I couldn’t make her feel better or give her great advice. I just let her cry and rubbed her back because the only thing I could really do was comfort her.

Miss C teaches cursive at the student’s request. Because it’s something that they chose to do they try really hard at it and a few of them are pretty good! They love to learn how to write each other’s names in cursive it’s really cute.