Aboriginal Canadian Culture Essay

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Conveying Aboriginal Canadian Culture into the Classroom When I enter the world as a certified teacher, I plan to teach in elementary schools. As I am in the primary/junior program here at Lakehead, I am studying to be able to teach grades from kindergarten to grade six. Although I am certainly not picky, I would prefer to teach grades three and up as I have had more experience working with children of that age in and outside of the school environment. While it may seem unorthodox, I would prefer to remain in Thunder Bay as I continue my teaching career. I have already been volunteering at St. Vincent’s Elementary School here in town and have met teachers that have quickly becomes fountains of useful pedagogical tips. As Thunder Bay is where…show more content…
What better way to have my students learn about Aboriginal culture but by being actively learning? First I would access YouTube, where I have found videos of different kinds of Aboriginal Canadian dances being performed by Aboriginal people, and show these videos to my students. I would inform them of the significances behind the dances and their great importance to Aboriginal culture and therefore Canadian culture. I would use these videos as examples and guides for my students to study and learn the dances themselves during physical education time. After showing my students, for example, a video of a tradition Aboriginal grass dance (YouTube), I would find it to only make sense that they learn said dance outside on the grass, the way the dance was meant to be…show more content…
The short story “Claire and her Grandfather”, written by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and found on the Government of Canada website, details a grandfather introducing his granddaughter to her Aboriginal background. By reading this story to my class or, depending on their grade level, having them read it themselves, students will be able to learn about how the things they use, the food they eat or the games they play in their everyday lives were, in fact, originally created by Aboriginal
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