Through learning activity 1, children can think about not only their own family structure also others who are participating in the group as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, gives opportunity to understand and respect the others that sit equally beside ways of being, knowing and doing. It encourages children to create an attitude and willingness to explore differences in individual and different values, beliefs and practices. According to Green (Green, 2001), children are naturally curious and interested in the differences and therefore it is important to explore their questions with simple answers to assist them to redefine themselves and their place in the world. Through learning activity 2 children get to introduce to the aboriginal culture and the concepts of flags and symbolism they represent. This experience ensures that all children get opportunities with the rich and long history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultures which helps them to broaden their understanding of the world in which they live in (DEEWR, 2009)
As many would guess education is likely the main thing that someone who hires an early childhood professional looks at. This along with someones work background are very important parts to hiring an early childhood professional. Although these are very important, there are many other very important things that are looked for when hiring an early childhood professional. In the article “12 Characteristics of Effective Early Childhood Teacher”, on NAEYC.org, Laura J. Colker talks about what makes a good early childhood educator. The 12 characteristics that she talks about are: passion, perserverence, willingness to take risks, pragmatism, patience, flexibility, respect, creativity, authenticity, love of learning, high energy, and sense of humor.
In my opinion promoting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is an important role of teachers. Teachers need to provide awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples beliefs of origin, accurately teach Indigenous history and respect Indigenous culture. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people believe that life began with their ancestors. Stories known has dreaming or creation time are about the ancestors of Indigenous Australians giving life and form to the land, the animals and the people (Harrison & Sellwood, 20016). These stories have been passed down from generation to generation and are an important part of Indigenous Australians identity.
Fusing knowledge and culture, art empowers Aboriginal people with a voice and an undeniable presence. (Blacklock, 2015 p. 78). It is important to acknowledge the significant role art plays in Aboriginal culture in the context of evaluating art as a healing modality for traumatised Aboriginal children. “Art is the lifeblood of our communities, connecting us to the past, the present and the future – to each other,” (AGNSW, 2013, p. 17 from Blacklock, 2015, p.79).” Aboriginal art is history: it tells stories of the people, for the people and by the people” (Blacklock, p. 80), which incorporates the perspective and experiences of thing Aboriginal people have experiences, such as colonization and massacres (Blacklock, 2015) As Rosie Ware a Torres Strait Islander artist
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) pays particular attention to cultural competence in working with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as discussed in question 9. Research from the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) found it is critical for non-Aboriginal staff to be aware of how to engage and support all cultures, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, as services are more effective for Aboriginal
Adapting to students culture is important for a teacher to do, especially when teaching a diverse school because making those personal connections are crucial to building relationship with the students and their community. Becoming part of students community, I will be able to find what type of books student will be able to relate to based on their culture and
As a future teacher you want to improve the way history and societal views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders is being taught, to provide a better foundation of study for students. With this in mind creating an activity that did this and was in line with curriculum knowledge and skills was a challenging task and I realized that this
There are many strategies to show respect and understanding of an Indigenous co-worker’s culture and traditional ways of life. It’s important to firstly be aware of what is culturally appropriate for the specific work place example: if it’s a child care centre is the Indigenous community being recognised? Is there information on community events? Is the worker’s personal life respected and understood that they may need extra time of/ on work? It is important to understand the impacts of Aboriginal and Torres strait islander person’s experiences both young and old and work out ways of respecting and working with one another appropriately.
The study of age as a function of culture is important to educators because it helps them understand how the child or adolescent struggles to win peer acceptance and to balance this effort with the need for parental approval. What learning tasks did I respond to most easily from this chapter? I think that is childhood and adolescence. They are very familiar for me. Childhood is a critical time in the life of an individual.
Marwood Church of England Infant School has an outstanding reputation, offering a caring, nurturing environment for its pupils. This, coupled with the fact that the local authority supports and develops its teachers, makes it a privilege to apply for this post. My initial priority when working with a class is to establish a positive learning environment. Tasks that I have devised range from a farm role play area to den building. All have been planned to build relationships, create a ‘can do’ culture of experimentation, resilience and peer support.
In order to develop a child’s identity in accordance with both the EYLF and an Aboriginal perspective whilst also supporting children’s awareness of Aboriginal cultures and practices through a curriculum that supports children in learning about the land, earth, plants and animals, it is also important how we as educators will support this knowledge to grow (McKnight, et al., 2010). According to Harrison (2010), Aboriginal history plays a key role not only with Aboriginal children but also with non-Aboriginal children and the importance that everyone should learn about the importance of Aboriginal history. As well as educators developing a curriculum that incorporates the Aboriginal community in their area so as to include local histories, local
In Engaging and empowering aboriginal youth: A toolkit for service providers the author explains the importance of our shared history and recognizing this. “Within our shared history of colonization and assimilation, there is an obligation of the part of individuals and organizations in the dominant culture to find ways to balance out historical wrongs by helping to bring wider recognition to the immense value of indigenous knowledge and ways of practice” (Crooks, Chiodo, & Thomas, 2009, p. 3). To take an approach of respect and look at the history in which youth today may be dealing with. This can be done by changing program to make sure it is socially, and culturally appropriate. It is important in practice as child and youth workers to try and understand everyone we are working with, this can be done by taking this approach.
That’s why today when you are dealing with indigenous or Torres strait islands it is important that you find out a bit about their background so that you are aware, respectful and knowledgeable about the culture and beliefs, as everything we do as educators is reflected on the children and families in our centre. Working at a Child Care Centre, it is important to acknowledge Culture as a part of what makes us different and unique so we need to be open to the idea of uniqueness of each culture and identity, while also understanding the cultural diversity that exists in our service and in the world around them. Children learn and grow from their culture that’s why understanding and valuing all cultural diversity is very important, it also helps prevent racism, helps families and children feel like they belong, and ensures that people are happy and confident about their