Welcome to my resource page for teachers. I am happy to share anything that I find in support of classroom learning. If there is something that you feel I am missing or need to update, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you are looking for more specific day to day information regarding the teaching of our Saskatchewan Native Studies curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact me. My role at SPSD is to support learning in any way that I can.
Reconciliation requires that a new vision, based on a commitment to mutual respect, be developed. It also requires an understanding that the most harmful impacts of residential schools have been the loss of pride and self-respect of Aboriginal people, and the lack of respect that non-Aboriginal people have been raised to have for their Aboriginal neighbours. Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem; it is a Canadian one. Virtually all aspects of Canadian society may need to be reconsidered.
Preface to the Truth and Reconciliation Executive Summary
It is time that we set aside all previously held notions about education, and learn to come together for all students. Knowing our own capacities for change is the first step We are educators, we are where this process begins
The TRC report is one of the most comprehensive reports written about the relationship between Canada and her First Peoples. If you just cannot find the time to read it all, at least start with the summary, you will not regret the knowledge that you gain.
Saskatchewan curriculum is the place we all begin. Make sure that you understand the intended outcomes of the documents that you are working with. Our division is currently working on identifying indicators and outcomes for wach curriculum in order to improve student achievement.
“The Historical Thinking Project was designed to foster a new approach to history education — with the potential to shift how teachers teach and how students learn, in line with recent international research on history learning. It revolves around the proposition that historical thinking — like scientific thinking in science instruction and mathematical thinking in math instruction — is central to history instruction and that students should become more competent as historical thinkers as they progress through their schooling.”
SPSD has adopted this approach to all of our social science courses and our teachers receive ongoing support and training to operate within this framework.
In the coming Weeks I plan to fill this page with fantastic resources.