First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO)
Decolonizing Our Elementary Classrooms: Focusing on Mathematics and Social Justice Issues (Grades 1-8)
Facilitators: Michelle Brown & Tina DeCastro
July 25-27, Windsor
Explore ways of decolonizing pedagogical practices at the elementary level particularly in the areas of Mathematics and Social Justice. Examine the connection between Indigenous knowledge and Mathematics and learn new ways to engage your students through authentic and meaningful hands-on lessons.
Over the three days, participants will explore ways of decolonizing pedagogical practices at the elementary level particularly in the areas of Mathematics and Social Justice. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the connection between Indigenous knowledge and Mathematics and learn new ways to engage their students through authentic and meaningful hands-on lessons involving traditional beading, symmetry, probability games, and more. Participants will observe a real life application of how to integrate social justice into a math class, and discuss other ways for students to understand issues in our local communities and think about how to solve them.
Finally, explicit links to the ministry documents will be highlighted and a cross-curricular focus will be modelled to illustrate how educators can provide a provocations to support student inquiry with respect to First Nations, Métis and Inuit philosophies of land, culture, and language. Participants will be given time to apply their learning and collaborate with others to develop authentic activities and experiences that they can bring back into their own classrooms.
- Define terms such as colonization and cultural appropriation
- Deepen our understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit philosophies of land, culture, and language
- Decolonize pedagogical practices and access a variety of strategies and resources to support student learning in Mathematics and Social Justice
- Explore how to integrate social justice into our math class with a focus on deepening our understanding of social and economic issues pertaining to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples
- Create learning environments conducive to the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual development of our elementary students
- Learn how to build relationships with our local communities to embody the collective wisdom of its members