For this seminar, it was my turn to be the one presenting. The topic we chose was symbolism in the Treaties and we chose to do stations instead of whole group. We decided to go outside of the classroom for two of our stations and we mostly did this to keep the noise level down in the classroom. However, Audrey made a comment about this and she thanked us for disrupting the idea that stations have to be at tables. Something I never thought about before is that as teachers we always have stations at tables. Why is that? This is something that I know I did during internship and something I remember doing as a child. Stations at tables. This is something I will take with me when I go onto having my own classroom. Disrupting this idea that stations have to be at a table.
The symbol I was given to become an “expert” on was the treaty medal as well as the treaty suits. Something I never really thought of until now is how we each took something to become “experts” on. However, how can we do this? These topics are something we have no knowledge on aside from what can be found on the Internet and in books. This idea of becoming “experts” and then teaching it is very common and very Euro-Western. In First Nations cultures (as far as I understand) it is quite the process and only certain people can become experts in certain things. Personally, I have become an “expert” in many things. Jigsaw activities have been very popular in my time here at the U of R. I have done one in almost every education class I have taken.
So where does this leave me?
After this it has me questioning why we do things the way we do. Everything I know is based on a European way because that is where I come from. Looking at my profs who have taught me how to teach over the past four years were all white and probably from European decent aside from two. TWO! And both of them were from India now that I think of it. There are other ways to learn. Take First Nations cultures. Many of their teachings, don’t come from a book or video. They come from an expert who has spent a lot of time learning and they tell these teachings through stories. Alternate ways of teaching, not only First Nations content but anything really, is something I need to look into not only for myself but for my students.