Reflective Blog Post: Ian Landy

Today we had an informative video conference on formative assessment with Ian Landy, principal of Edgehill Elementary in Powell River. I really appreciated Ian’s detailed explanation as to why ePortfolios provide a deeper understanding than report cards on student learning. Report cards oversimplify student learning by emphasizing letter grades and percentages. Whereas ePorfolios document the learning process in way that allows students to reflect on what they’ve accomplished. As a learner, I would much prefer a collection of evidence to look back on than a list of inaccurate grades. I mean seriously, how do you definitively measure Core Competencies such as Communication or Creative Thinking!? Furthermore, Ian clarified that teachers shouldn’t burn themselves out by assessing every little thing. In fact, students should have a say in what is and what is not documented in their ePortfolios. After this video conference, I feel relieved to know that principals such as Ian Landy are more interested in the quality of learning taking place in classrooms as opposed to the quantity of learning. Thanks for your insight and time, Ian!

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Indian Act, 1876 ; TERMS

The first few pages of the Indian Act, 1876 ; outlines various terms and definitions. Here are some (copy and pasted) terms that I found most interesting:

Indians.
3. The term “Indian” means
First. Any male person of Indian blood reputed to belong to a particular band ;
Secondly. Any child of such person ;
Thirdly. Any woman who is or was lawfully married to such person :

Woman marrying other than an Indian.
(c) Provided that any Indian woman marrying any other than an Indian or a non-treaty Indian shall cease to be an Indian in any respect within the meaning of this Act, except that she shall be entitled to share equally with the members of the band to which she formerly belonged, in the annual or semi-annual distribution of their annuities, interest moneys and rents ; but this income may be commuted to her at any time at ten years’ purchase with the consent of the band :

Marrying non-treaty Indians.
(d) Provided that any Indian woman marrying an Indian of any other band, or a non-treaty Indian shall cease to be a member of the band to which she formerly belonged, and become a member of the band or irregular band of which her husband is a member :

Person.
12. The term “person” means an individual other than an Indian, unless the context clearly requires another construction.

I have also created a little guide to display these definitions in visual form. See below.


As you can see, not only is the Indian Act of 1876 racist and sexist, but it actually excludes Indian men and women from personhood altogether. I hope this sheds some light on the racist roots of Canada and I look forward to reading and sharing more!

Reflective Blog Post: Edcamp

I just experienced my first ever Edcamp in EDCI 336. As a class, we had the opportunity to throw potential discussion topics on the board at the front of the room. Next, we were all given three stickers to up-vote topics. The top four discussion topics were then assigned rooms, and we could choose where to go. I chose the topic, “Special ED” because I wanted to learn more. Six of my peers and I were off to brainstorm and dig deeper into special education in the classroom. I really enjoyed the small group discussion because everybody got a chance to share their thoughts without pressure or interruptions. I think Edcamps are a fantastic way for lifelong learners to approach a wide-range of topics in a relatively short amount of time. Before taking part in Edcamp, I was under the impression that each group discussion would be lead by a single individual. However, I was surprised to find out that it’s a way more collaborative and interactive meeting. It was really fun to pose questions and explore potential answers together as a group. I think that in a larger Edcamp, more specialised individuals (ie. Education Assistants) would have taken part in our conversation. Having those more knowledgeable persons to answer our unanswered questions would have been nice. Nonetheless, our Edcamp happened on the fly and it went really well. I’m looking forward to attending more Edcamps in the near future!

Decided

As you might recall from my last post, I was trying to decide whether I wanted to learn how to knit or how to use foreign accents for my Open Inquiry Assignment. After bringing these ideas to class with me on Tuesday, I left with the impression that learning foreign accents could likely work in my favour as a handy classroom drama tool. However, it wasn’t until listening to a Podcast on my two hour bus ride home that I made my final decision.
The Podcast I’m referring to is called The Red Man Laughing. Anishinaabe comedian and host, Ryan McMahon was laying down his “12 Steps to Decolonization in Canada.” Side note: besides becoming an educator and thus wanting to be educated about Indigenous issues in Canada, my family has a long history within the Songhees Nation. Since I often relate my own family to the many injustices occurring against Indigenous peoples in Canada today, some of these controversial topics are very close to my heart. Maybe in one of my next posts I’ll share some of my family history and attach a family tree, but for now, back to the Podcast.
Ryan challenged Canadians to read The Indian Act to get a better sense of the racist roots in this country. In the past I’ve cited The Indian Act in papers and projects, however, I’ve never actually read and investigated the 31 page document in full. For that reason, I’ve decided to print it off, dig deeper, and share my findings for my Open Inquiry Assignment. I don’t want to rush through the document, but if I do finish earlier than expected, there are plenty more documents to analyze (such as The White Paper, 1969 or Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples).
Finally, in my blog posts I’ll be using Indigenous as an umbrella term for the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples specific to Canada. Additionally, I’ll use the term Indian in reference to legal documents since that’s the current legal name (ie. Registered Indians). I don’t like the word Aboriginal and it has no legal definition so I don’t have any reason to use it. Think of the word abnormal: deviating from what is normal or usual, typically in a way that is undesirable or worrying. Hopefully this helps put my word choice into perspective. Anyways, I’ll start reading and get back to you all with my findings!


Decision Time

Today I must choose a topic to pursue for my Open Inquiry Assignment. I have two (very different) areas of interest at the moment. My first idea was to learn how to knit. I imagine that I will enjoy knitting one day, so why not use this time to learn now? On the other hand, I’m totally fascinated by actors who learn and use foreign accents in their roles. So, I thought about researching some linguists and attempting a few accents on my own. However, after further consideration I realized that I could potentially offend people by doing so. I certainly don’t want my admiration to be perceived as some kind of mockery. I plan on discussing with both my peers and professor before making my final decision… stay tuned.

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