• Tori Peterson

My Philosophy on Truth & Reconciliation

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Building relationships are important because they give us the opportunity to understand the ways in which people “tick” — what makes them, them. The better we know and understand someone, the more our horizons widen, which lead us to endless opportunities.

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It is important to build relationships with students because every student “ticks” differently. They learn and adapt at different speeds, they have different likes/dislikes, they have different backgrounds. No student is the same. So when you are able to create such a bond with a student, you begin to learn and understanding the way they “tick”, which gives various opportunities to teach them in a way that that individual student will learn.

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It is important to build relationships with staff because staff members often have similar experiences teaching that can help a new teacher. There is always something to learn, always listen, do not act like you know it all.

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It is important to build relationships with families and the community because schools and students often need the community’s support. It takes a community to raise a child. It is also important because students should be taught how to be active in their own community, resulting in them becoming active citizens.

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Hosting meet the teacher events, events that involve the community (Santa Nights, school dances, fundraisers, guest speakers) are great ways to get parents into the school. If some volunteer at these events, that gets them involved with the school.

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Reaching out to parents who perhaps don’t want to be as involved is a good strategy. These parents still should receive explanation how their child is doing in school, what their child exceeds in and what their child could use some practice on. Offering to help the student’s parents in giving them tips on practices the child could be doing at home is always a good strategy as well.Truth and Reconciliation Philosophy

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Truth and Reconciliation is important because everyone should know what land they stand upon, and that Europeans are in fact settlers. If everyone understands truth and reconciliation, we can all move forward to heal.

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That everyone (both Indigenous and settlers) need to become more optimistic and cooperative in coming together as one.

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That we need more elders to come to schools to share knowledge and their ways of knowing.

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That we need to teach students the traditions of Indigenous people and show students how to embrace and indulge in the Indigenous culture.

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That using the Truth and Reconciliation textbook lesson plans would greatly benefit the classrooms in better understanding starting at a young age.

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That students should go to Treaty Gatherings as a field trip, attend Feasts, pipe ceremonies, Powwows, and other events that celebrate Indigenous culture, so that students can learn and become familiar with Indigenous cultural practices.

The Circle of Courage will always be a focus in my classroom.


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