Against Common Sense

a) How has your upbringing/schooling shaped how you “read the world?” What biases and lenses do you bring to the classroom? How might we unlearn / work against these biases?

My upbringing and schooling was really well done when I went to school. I had one specific teacher that made it her personal duty for us to understand and experience the world around us with her teachings in the classroom. It was important to her to educate us on what was around us the different cultures and the different foods that were out there that we were not a custom to. Of course in a classroom we do get biases and still to this day we are going to have biases that is just life. All I know is that I was personally shaped as a student because of this teacher and she made us respect the world by reading the world. We were taught that we are so lucky to have life and that we are so lucky to have the things we have. Treaty education was not really touched on and I did not learn about it until 2015. We can learn and work against these biases by expanding our minds and reminding ourselves that we are all one people. No matter what we are all one so we need to be understanding and ready to learn.

b) Which “single stories” were present in your own schooling? Whose truth mattered?

We read a story called “Love you Forever” Robert Munsch. It taught us the importance about the love of our mothers. It taught us that no matter what we will grow old and so will our parents. So when we become adults we will need to become that figure of love. It is very personal and passionate and helps us connect to that story. We were exposed to lots of stories but the most important thing was that we gained an understanding from what ever we read in class. Grade 3/4 was a highlight because I still remember our teacher having us think for ourselves and did not tell us how to think but to form an opinion on our own. That is very important is giving your students that free reign. The truth that mattered was the fact that we were forming our own ideas and opinions at a young age. It is important to listen to other ideas and opinions but you also need to have a view on others views as well.

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