Curriculum as Place

In the reading “Learning from Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowuk Ways of Knowing” by Jean-Paul Restoule, he represents the concept of place. He expresses many points about rein habitation and decolonization. One of the activities he talks about is a 10-day river trip. On this 10-day river trip, a variety of ages of people from youth to elders go out and explore the land. They explain their personal relationships and connections to the land and the water. Another point that Restoules made was that, “connecting to nature is important to children’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development (pg.70). Through this point he made make me think about things I could do with the word place.

In my future teaching career I believe that place is extremely important concept. It is important to recognize the past and the future of the curriculum as place. One idea that Restoule helped me understand was students need to connect with the environment and learn from the environment. In my future classrooms I want my students to understand the environment by their experiences. I would want them to go outside and live in the environment and teach through nature. By doing this I would let students share experiences about what the environment means to them and allow elaboration on their ideas that may lead into class discussions.


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