Curriculum as Place

1. List some of the ways that you see reinhabitation and decolonization happening throughout the narrative.
2. How might you adapt these ideas to considering place in your own subject areas and teaching?

After multiple conversations in different classes with different teachers, I have learned that this generation seems to think that we are the smartest, that this generation is able to teach everything. Which has resulted in losing respect for other generations… By thinking that we can teach anything, we are pretty much letting past generations know that even if we weren’t there, we know better…. NO. In this story, students were able to go on a 10-day river trip, giving them a chance to understand Mushkegowuk ways of knowing. This article proves that no, this generation is NOT the smartest but in fact, the ones who have the most experience¬†are the smartest. The students were able to learn from a hands on experience which allowed them to really understand their environment and the traditional ways of knowing from experts.

This is the exact approach that I want to use as a teacher! I have knowledge in Aboriginal history, but not near enough. Allowing an elder to come into the classroom or go on a class trip like the article, would really allow the students to learn as much as they can! Hands on experience is always more valuable than sitting in your desk and learning about a specific subject.


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