Counter Storytelling in Science Education
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by Peiki Loay
3d ago
Storytelling is central to the human experience – helping us make sense of the world and our own lives. Stories can be found across curricular areas – including in the science classroom. Perhaps you have listened to a riveting re-telling of Archimedes’ bathtub eureka moment, heard the story of Galileo dropping weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or are familiar with the electrifying controversy between Galvani and Volta. But whose stories are shared and celebrated while others remain invisible? When we understand science as a sociocultural activity, we can notice the ways science classroom ..read more
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The Path Continues Beyond Self-Doubt
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by Clifford Weekes
3d ago
Ever felt like you’re constantly needing to prove yourself? Like an imposter at the front of your own classroom? You’re not alone. Through self-discovery and navigating the pressures of representation I have found solidarity and hope in a changing educational landscape. Do you ever feel like there’s a little person at the back of your head, sipping on a drink and doubting every move you make? That constant need to prove yourself — is it familiar? I’ve been an educator for 14 years — 12 in the classroom and two as a Divisional Teacher Team Leader focusing on anti-racism initiatives. Throughout ..read more
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Finding OurWay Back Through a Lived Curriculum
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by Alison Lubinski
3d ago
My understanding of identity has evolved from external influences to a deep connection with my culture and language. Rediscovering identity as Indigenous peoples is essential, guided by the wisdom of Elders and Knowledge Keepers. This journey fosters a sense of belonging and holistic healing. Boohzoo! Waabijiizi Gookooko’oo Manido Ogichidaakwe. Hello! My traditional name is Grey Owl Spirit Warrior Woman, and I am from the Bear (Makwa) Clan. My English name is Alison Lubinski, I am a proud Métis (Scottish, Irish and Cree descent) woman who has learned through personal struggles and her own trau ..read more
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Racialized and Tokenized
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by Maneesha Manuel
3d ago
Education is the engine for change. It tirelessly works on all cylinders to keep up with society’s constantly ever-changing pressures and demands. For racialized educators in Manitoba, the external forces exerted in the opposing direction create drag and tension and further dissonance in the vehicle for change. As a racialized Canadian-born woman and educator of 14 years, I normalized the additional overt and covert pressures faced under divisional and school leadership that did not reflect our global and student demographic. Watching colleagues move into positions of leadership or areas of sp ..read more
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Identity: So Much More than “Where I am From”
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by Allyson Fedak
3d ago
Where I’m From I am from the steelpan. From oil and pitch stolen from the land I am from the robbed lands of paradise still fragrant, green, and warm. I am from mango trees with mangoes, So juicy and so sweet. They drip down my nieces elbows and revive them from the heat. I’m from rhythm, rebellion, resilience, every fete, and every lime from Kenny and from Vernon and from Athertons farther down the line I’m from the spirited debates And the music that makes you wine. The cousin list that never ends, And the bumpy bush road rides From the tiny but mighty women, men with fire in their souls Rel ..read more
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AI in the Classroom
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by Raman Job
9M ago
A mind-blowing tech revolution is bearing down on you as an educator. Open AI’s ChatGPT and a hundred variations of artificial intelligence are about to delight and terrify you as they claim space in your professional life. Even though AI apps and products might worry or upset you now, future you will use them as routinely as you now use Google. Kirsten Thompson, president of the Manitoba Association of Educational Technology Leaders (MAETL), is deep into ChatGPT. She says artificial intelligence can help write lesson plans and class newsletters, craft grant applications, prepare slide decks ..read more
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Connecting with the Land & Stars
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by Matea Tuhtar
9M ago
Centring traditional Indigenous knowledge and science is the driving idea behind the Tipis and Telescopes event which was held in Winnipeg in May, and hosted nearly 160 students from Frontier, Louis Riel, St. James-Assiniboia and Seven Oaks School Divisions. The Tipis and Telescopes workshops were presented by local Elders and Knowledge Keepers including Winnipeg’s own “star guy” Elder Wilfred Buck who is an expert in Indigenous star-lore, as well as Dr. Juan-Carlos Chavez, a US-based researcher in Indigenous knowledge. “A big purpose of this event was to empower Indigenous kids with Indigenou ..read more
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All Persons are Equal and None is Other
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by Mackenzie Kolton (she/her)
9M ago
With anti-2SLGBTQI hate on the rise, and homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia remaining rampant in schools, it’s more important than ever that we all come together to create safe and inclusive schools for 2SLGBTQI students. Egale Canada’s new back-to-school resources have been developed to complement our existing Inclusive Schools initiatives that teachers across Canada have been using in their classrooms for decades. Egale’s national report, Still in Every Class in Every School, shows that 2SLGBTQI students continue to face unacceptable amounts of discrimination, harassment, and bullying. Th ..read more
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A Symphony of Change
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by Sascha Epp
9M ago
Anticipation rises, and musicians create a cacophony of sounds as they tune their instruments. The lights dim, and I move to the edge of my seat. The conductor raises their baton. In one dramatic gesture, the magic of music fills the concert hall and transports me on an emotional journey: changes in melody, harmony, tempo, and dynamics keep my attention fixed, engaged, and captivated. Change in education could be described metaphorically as music, with many variations. Like music, change can evoke emotions, spark creativity, and require harmonious elements. Just as no musical experience is the ..read more
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The Council of School Leaders
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by Rob Fisher
9M ago
School leadership is challenging (understatement of the year), and as a former principal at R.D. Parker Collegiate in Thompson, Manitoba, I say so from experience. Both then and now I’m a fan of any resources and support I can get to help me be a great principal. And for me that’s where the Council of School Leaders (COSL) comes in. For me and many other school leaders across the province, COSL is a game-changer. And the best part: if you’re a principal or vice principal and a member of MTS, you’re already a member! This year we estimate that COSL has a provincial membership of approximately 1 ..read more
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