My CBSL Experience video

 

 

 

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Disabilities (Raeann)

Three things I learned
-That it is very common for people to have fears of talking to or dealing with people that have disabalities. Although this might be getting less common it is still something that we all struggle with.
-That things that might seem like minor issues to me (a three inch ledge) can be a brick wall barrier to those who have disabilities. To me this might be minor but it really isn’t when you don’t have an option, but they can’t change who they are to get over that wall, so we have to change so that they can be accepted in our society.
-That being aware to those around us who might need help is vital to making everyone feel like they belong and deserve to be there, because there is no reason why they shouldn’t feel included. If it means holding the door for anybody, or having a conversation with another person just to talk, it all makes a difference in how they feel in their daily lives.
Two things I found Interesting
-That Samuel’s community was able to include him so well. They were always accepting of him, and made him feel as though he belongs in all aspects of his life, in school, sports, and even extra curricular activities.
-That people would actually talk to adults with disabilities like children. To me that isn’t right, if you are an adult you should be treated as such. In my volunteering, all the people i work with are older then me and I would never consider treating them any younger then I am, they deserve to be treated as adults and that is how I will treat them.
One Question that I still have
-How do we go about including everyone in our classrooms? How do we influence our other students to treat everyone as fairly?

Secret Path (Raeann)

Three things I learned

  • That many children did try to escape the cruel mistreatment that they were suffering but were unsuccessful and when caught were punished even more harshly for trying to escape.
  • That Chanie never got to be a father. Though this isn’t a meaningful think to learn, I had never previously considered this. And to think that we lost a person before they even had a chance to become the person that they were meant to be is powerful and scary. Residential schools tried to wipe out their race.
  • Who’s telling the truth makes a difference in how we as Canadian’s understand and accept the information that we are getting. Many of the stories that came from Residential Schools have been known for longer then the TRC has existed, but because it was never mentioned in pop culture it was never known prior to the TRC existing.

Two things I found interesting

  • I find it interesting that many videos like this and the reconciliation documents are so new, most are only a few years old at most. Obviously Canada tried to hide this part of their past and was successful for a number of years before Indigenous people decided to make a change and get what was rightfully promised to them.
  • That the makers would choose to do songs to tell the story of one child’s journey back home. It is unique and creates a little bit of interpretation to occur so that we can understand what has happened to this person along the secret path back home and really understand the struggles that they have gone through just to try to get home, a place that was forced and beaten out of them.

One Question that I Still Have

How do we make our classroom a place that incorporates Indigenous teaching in our practices? What about the backlash that we might receive?

“Smear the Queer” Raeann

Three things I learned

  • That even in a society that you would think is progressive and exposed to LGBTQ+ issues there are still major problems within the society that prevent LGBTQ+ issues from being taught and normalized. Places like California still struggle with teaching acceptance to those who are LGBTQ+, so it makes sense that small town conservative Saskatchewan would struggle too.
  • Inclusivity is something that we think can be attained for all individuals, but while we can try as teachers we wont ever get all people because there is no way that we could know what someone is going through if they aren’t tell us that a problem exists in their lives that we can help with.
  • 30% of all youth suicides are committed by LGBTQ+ youth. This is scary…why don’t they deserve the help that everyone else gets, or feel that they don’t deserve it.

Two things I’ve connected to

  • Othering. In all of my schooling my friends were the other “losers” who also didn’t have friends, we got stuck together because no one else wanted us. So to an extent I understand what it feels like to be othered. I remember sitting by myself at recess because the girls would shun me and the boys would put me at the bottom of the pile, literally.
  • Teaching must involve the incorporation of all people. Not just straight white people, but coloured LGBTQ people as well. By giving LGBTQ students a place to see themselves in the curriculum they are able to connect to the curriculum and make them feel as though they belong in the school.

One Question I Still have

How do I deal with the repercussions of Queerifing my teaching? I cant control what a student is going to take away from the lesson, so how do I deal with the way that families react to the ways which I am teaching to involve all the people in my classroom?

CBSL at Campus For All

Three things I’ve learned

Its important to celebrate the little things in life. Everyday feels like something brand new even if we have done it before, from learning how Garage Band works to memorizing scripts. Every time I see one of my buddies they light up and smile as they tell me how proud they are of the grade that they got on their previous assignment that we worked on to complete the week before.

Learning occurs differently for everyone. One of my buddies learns best when each and every detail is thoroughly explained and I give examples so that she can draw her own connections in. While my other buddy learns best if I show him how to complete the task and explain very little, because words confuse him and make it harder for him. So just within my so far 13 hours of volunteering I have learned various new teaching styles so that I can help my buddies to learn the most that they are capable of.

Human interaction is vital to all people. One buddy lives by herself with her cat, recently she discovered that I have the ability to help her with her hair. So for the last two weeks she comes equipped with her hairbrush, bobby pins and elastic so that I can execute the idea that she has for her hair. She has told be very little about her life prior to her living alone, but from what I can understand it was not a situation that I would wish upon anyone, never mind a person who needs extra help.

Two things I’ve found interesting

That each individual has a very unique program set up for them. One buddy receives grades for her assignments along with feedback, whereas the other receives only feedback. Each individual is included in the classroom as though it is no problem to the professor, which is amazing!

The way that this program seems to run so flawlessly. I know that Campus For All is a very new program, but they seem to be run so smoothly that I never would have guessed that this program is as new as it is. When you are working within it, it feels as though it has been running for 15-20 years. Its amazing.

One Question I still have

If the University can create such individualized programs for so many students what stops schools from making their own programs so that individuals who need extra help can get it?

 

Teachers, Admin, and The School System

Three things I learned

  • That the supply and demand of teachers is largely dependant on what the provincial budget for education looks like, if the budget gets cut typically some fewer positions will be available to those who seek employment.
  • Charismatic authority, the authority that is displayed through your personal characteristics. Now that I’m actually thinking about it, it makes lots of sense, and children are so good at knowing your boundaries even before you share them, they know what you will let them get away with.
  • That teachers are often evaluated to improve their teaching and to fix problems that might have occurred during their teaching practices.

Two things I found interesting

  • Most schools don’t have any way for teachers to learn from each other, they are simply left to “sink or swim.” In the school I graduated from at the time of my graduation (2016) the teachers hardly worked together or seen each other if they didn’t want to, but in the next year my sister began to tell me more about how one teacher was working with another so that the students could practice more skills in both classes to enhance their learning.
  • That although much of the student population is composed immigrants, Aboriginal people and minorities, the teacher population doesn’t reflect that at all. I feel that when hiring you should consider what your student population looks like and if your students are being represented in the staffing of the schools.

One question I still have

  • How is it determined if a teacher is to lose their job? Be it due to in class issues or budget cuts passed down through the government. Is there a reason that a school would keep 5 trained English teachers but release the only trained math teacher?

Professionalism

Three things I learned

  1. The definition of profession, which is an essential service that is held in high regard by the society at large. I have never considered what profession means, to me it was always just a way of referring to your job. But when they talked about how some people don’t consider teaching a profession, I was floored, because isn’t teaching an important job?
  2. That Provincial Teacher’s organizations don’t actually revoke teaching certificates, its the Ministry of Education that does. I never really thought about this before.
  3. That teachers deal with far more then I had previously considered, not only the work that comes along with teaching but the emotions and changes in their life.  They are changing just as the students around them are changing, but as a student you don’t notice that your teacher is changing because you don’t think of their emotions when the teachers are helping you to deal with your own emotions.

Two things I found Interesting

  1. That some people don’t consider teaching a profession. I mean times have changed since this book was written, but they haven’t changed that much. Every so often I get the “those who can’t, teach” response when I tell someone that I am going to be a teacher, why wouldn’t I be a teacher, its a passion! If you want to say that its not a profession you should first look at all the regulations and things that teachers have to do simply to remain a teacher, never mind become one. This is a pet-peeve of mine, sorry for the rant.
  2. That even people who know that they are going to be a teacher find it difficult to separate themselves from the learner and teacher, so that they can become the teacher that they are expected to be. It’s hard to know when to switch hats, so to speak. Teachers can wear so many hats in a day how do you know which one you should be wearing at which time, you simply have to guess and hope for the best.

One Question I Still Have

  1. How does a mindset change to include something new in the category of profession?