Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton

I have read Fatty Legs to my class on a number of occasions. In the past, it was just an introduction to the truth about Residential Schools in Canada.  Students were often not aware of that dark part of Canadian History. This year, I started off the year talking about residential schools and using a number of resources including “The Secret Path” by Gord Downie

“The Secret Path” by Gord Downie andThe secret Path

“I am not a Number” by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer  I am not a number.

I have also used Stolen Lives extensively for small group reading and reference and spent an amazing Sunday afternoon in November learning more about the Indigenous experience in Canada with Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization. Their mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.  This lay the groundwork for myself and my students to ask some deep questions to help explore the relationship between the indigenous peoples of Canada and the Colonizers.

 

….and so it begins

I just recently completed an amazing 3-day workshop on Equity, Inclusivity and teaching Social Justice in the classroom from ETFO that truly inspired me. I have been experimenting over my 10+ years teaching career with all these ideas in my classroom.  This past school year, I decided to jump head first into Inquiry Based Learning.  I had dabbled with it here and there, but I decided to adopt it completely for my English program.  In the end, my class completed two themed units with a mentor read a loud text to help guide our questions and our learning.  It wasn’t perfect, but so much learning happened.  It was a great experience and with the PD that I have done, much reflection alone and with my Vice Principal, I am ready for IBL 2.0. My goal for this blog is to share my plans, my process and my reflections and student work with you. As always, I will approach everything from a Social Justice lens, because, well, that’s just the way I roll.