Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has exercises, projects, and activities for students aged 4 to 16. Parents and educators, taps into resources like this. Voice, history, and acknowledgment are steps toward reconciliation. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Integrate aboriginal content. Encourage the child questions. Be honest and if you don’t know, say so. Then do some research together. We’re all learning together.
The Toronto District School Board is engaged and moving forward progressively. Check out their resources here.
Make time for this video. It’s only 11minutes and 40 seconds. You have time. I know you do.
Sir Ken Robinson speaks to the links he sees between 3 disturbing trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD.
Is contemporary schooling about conformity? Yup.
Should it be? Nope
Is it effective? Nope
Are we failing students? Heck yes!
We need to rethink the way the systems around us work.
We talk so much about using tech as a tool in our classrooms. What if, and bare with me, we considered moving in the other direction (most days)? I’m talkin’ low-tech, y’all. What’s the value of rethinking our classroom tools?
Edutopia has a short but wonderful post about The Growth Mindset called, ‘A Simple Tool for Fostering Growth Mindset’, that talks about the benefits of low-fi-ing your classroom. Check it out, friends.