Blog Post 10- Secret Path

3 things I learned:

The first thing I learned was the story itself. It felt more personal from a real-life story and Chanie’s personal experiences. I learned that Chanie Wenjack was a young child who ran away from the residential school he attended in order to walk home.

The second I learned was that many children tried to escape the mistreatment that they were suffering but were unsuccessful with many of their attempts. I also found out that many of these children were severely punished for trying to escape which is truly heartbreaking

The third thing I learned was that only 66% of Canadian’s have learned about Residential Schools. This was a very shocking statistic.

2 connections:

One of the first connections was in regard to language loss. Many of the children that attended these school’s loss their native language and many never regained the lost language. I can relate to this from taking the Cree class last year. I did not understand it and I can understand why it took these children so long to regain their language.

The second connection I made was trying to put myself in their shoes. I was trying to imagine what it would feel like to be ripped away from my family, and my home from an early age. It would be very difficult for me especially. It would be extremely hard to be forbidden to speak my native language.

1 questions

One question I still have is why so many people are still unaware of this event. I wonder how we as teachers can ensure that we have the techniques and strategies for teaching this type of history.


Week 11- Truth and Reconsiliation

3 things I learned:

• The first thing I learned during this week’s readings is that only a small percentage of people in Canada know about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Out of Canadians, only 40% of them know about the TRC. I believe that this is a very troubling thing to hear because I believe everyone should know about the TRC. Many people now days sometimes don’t hear about these types of things until they get into University. I believe people should learn about these types of things from an earlier age so they are able to expand these concepts in future years.

• The second thing I learned was there were over 150,000 children that were taken from their families. I never realized that the number of children that had been taken was so high. This was a very sad thing to hear about.

• The third thing I learned was the fact that some people who did step forward and talk about Residential schools were sometimes called liars. Sometimes they would also be taken to court.

2 connections I made:

• The first connection I made was related to the people who continue to struggle with the aftermath of Residential Schools today. Many people who did attend Residential schools are still dealing with some of the pain and distress. This would be extremely difficult and tragic and I can completely understand why these people are dealing with it. They have been through a lot during their lives and those negative effects continue to have a strong impact for certain individuals.

• The second connection I made was how I related to the video itself. I have been taught about Residential Schools all throughout my high schooling but it was a lot more impactful hearing it from someone else’s personal story. It makes it seem a little more personable and real as oppose of hearing or learning about it from a textbook

1 question I still have

• How can we as future educators teach Indigenous studies and the history of residential schools in a more meaningful and impactful way

Blog Post #9 – Gender and Sexual Diversity

3 things I learned:

The first thing I learned was how difficult socialization in schools can be. Schools can be difficult for some children that are socially behind. Some of them are shy and therefore, do not feel comfortable in certain social activities such as class discussions. Certain children will not want to speak when they are in discussion because they have a fear of others. Some may think that their ideas will be considered wrong. A lot of young students may also suffer from low self-esteem and they will be down on their selves. Bullying is also something that happens in certain schools. Often times bullying will affect children and have negative impacts that will impact their schooling. One of the other things I learned about in this topic was how hard it can be for students that are lesbian gay or bisexual. They are often labelled negatively for their sexuality which can cause very negative consequences on the individual. Sometimes their peers or other students may not want to talk or associate with them because of their sexualities. This is another negative social consequence that happens in schools. I found this is be very upsetting and unfair.

The second thing I learned was the official definition and meaning of the word “queer.” I had never been fully informed with the meaning of this word and why is it so important especially in schools. The term queer as I have learned is a desire to highlight the existence of, and interrupt assumptions about heterosexuality as normal. In the classroom and school setting, this word’s naming is around individuals who are organized into groups of students that are viewed as singular “others.” It is often used as a slang term in schools which could be considered negative in some cases.

The third thing I learned was the shocking statistic of the violence rate of LGB students in schools. According to the article, statistics have shown that 40% of LGB students were experiencing physical violence at school. They also said that the school environments negative impacted their schoolwork. I found this to be a very interesting fact and found it to be very importance.

2 connections I made:

One of the connections I made was a personal one with one of the boys that I went to high school with. I was fairly close with him because he attended band class together. I would always hear his stories and he would explain some of the things that he was going through. I was also able to make a connection to was the use of language. I will often hear people make comments such as “oh that’s so gay” or “that’s retarded” which will make me cringe. I hear these types of comments everywhere and it makes me correct them by saying that those are inappropriate comments that shouldn’t be used.

1 Question I still have:
One question I still have is how do we ensure that school is a safe place for everyone in the classroom?

CBSL Experiance


Based on my previous experience and previous blog post I had been having some struggles with keeping with the boy I am working with concentrated. I had a few difficult times where I would try to keep him focused on an activity or assignment and he would be asking me a few different questions which took him off track. With being able to work with him more and having more experience with him I have been able to help him stay on task and keep focused on what needs to be done. Through some help with my CBSL coordinator, I have learned many strategies in order to help him concentrate on specific tasks. I have been able to help him stay focused and make sure he is doing well on his assignments and tests. During the last week, I was surprised at how focused he was when we worked on the midterm together. He was able to work and finish the tests in a timely and effective manner. I have found that working with him has enabled me to gain many advantageous skills and strategies that will help me in my future years as an educator.