Theories of Curriculum and Pedagogy : An Exploration oF “Product”

Curriculum development from a traditionalist perspective is widely used across schools in Canada. The Smith articles examine methods for organizing schooling – these include both theories and practices. The dominant mode of managing education today is in the productive form – also defined as  “curriculum as a product.” -Smith, Curriculum Theory and Practice What is … Continue reading Theories of Curriculum and Pedagogy : An Exploration oF “Product”

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“I would rather be in Nature” – Challenging Common Sense Ideology

How does Kumashiro define common sense? Kumashiro notes that American teachers doing work in Vietnam were comforted and reassured from the beginning that because they already had a “common sense understanding of teaching” from their years of experiences in America, they already knew how to teach In Vietnam”. In fact, they struggled to adapt to … Continue reading “I would rather be in Nature” – Challenging Common Sense Ideology

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The Sun Shines on Everyone: Teaching Inclusion through Song and Kids Yoga

The Sun Shines on Everyone is a song by Snatam Kaur. It is often used in kids’ yoga practice. It is a nice song for adults to listen to as well. It contains a powerful message about inclusion. “The sun shines on everyone – it doesn’t make choices. When it rains – it rains on everyone – it doesn’t make choices.”  Teaching kids about inclusion: Let us just have love and acceptance of everyone. Of all of their beauty. Of…

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Sharing, Learning, Growing and Course Community

I really enjoyed getting to know my classmates through the online platform of EDTC 300. During the COVID-19 Outbreak, we have all become more socially isolated. The opportunity to connect to classmates, even though it is over a computer, is a gift, and I have been grateful for these opportunities. I made this video to summarize my learning experiences in the course. Contributions to Course Community Twitter Joining Twitter was a learning curve for me! I felt hesitant at first….

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VidCode: Creative Coding – End Plastic Pollution!

I have heard the term – coding – so many times. Mostly it seems to be used by kids and younger adults. So what is it? According to Robo Wonderkind, coding is: “Code is the language of the 21st century. It’s what tells our computers, apps, websites, software, and products what to do and how to do it. It’s giving a computer a set of instructions and functions, so it does what we want it to do. These instructions are…

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Fake News: Read it, check it, wait

Fake news is real. Fake news can be dangerous. Fake news can be elusive. Fake news is a threat.  Our class worked together to look at various websites to examine the credibility of the sources. Some questions we asked were: How neutral is this information provider? Is the information provided accurate or biased? Where does the funding for this site come from? Where does income generated from this site go? What could be some of the underlying motivators of this…

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Breathing with Bubbles – YouTube movie project using iMovie, Canva and Epidemic Sound

My learning project work continues this week! Here is the finished product: A few weeks ago, my dear friend Emily came by. I had asked her to help me explore some kids yoga practices with me and my two kids. In my learning project (kids yoga) one of the big insights I have had is this: Practicing yoga with kids is so much better with friends! In fact, having a high adult to child ratio when exploring yoga with kids…

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Monica L.’s Story, Digital Identity and Mental Health

I was touched and moved by this video. I appreciated the candidness of Monica’s sharing.  It takes incredible courage and strength to come to a place of readiness to be able to openly share one’s journey in the ways she has with others.  She said It had taken her many years to become ready to share her story. She said that she shares it in the hopes that it will help others. And she does it so she can be…

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In each other’s spaces: Digital Sleuthing exercise

For the class exercise, I snooped on my friend Rosalie. After this was complete, I gave her some feedback about her digital identity.  One of things that stood out to me was Rosalie was surprised  about some of the information that was available about her online. She simply was not aware that certain information was out there.   It’s just nice to know what is publicly available or not. But all too often, we do not take the time to figure…

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