I Felt Like A Failure…

1. At the beginning of the reading, Leroy Little Bear (2000) states that colonialism “tries to maintain a singular social order by means of force and law, suppressing the diversity of human worldviews. … Typically, this proposition creates oppression and discrimination” (p. 77). Think back on your experiences of the teaching and learning of mathematics — were there aspects of it that were oppressive and/or discriminating for you or other students?
2. After reading Poirier’s article: Teaching mathematics and the Inuit Community, identify at least three ways in which Inuit mathematics challenge Eurocentric ideas about the purposes of mathematics and the way we learn it

In elementary school, I really struggled with math and my teacher seen me struggling but passed me anyway. When I got to High School math was challenging for me I was never good at math, to begin with, and my teacher did not want to help me it felt like. I would ask him for help then he would respond “well what do you need help with?” I replied usually with “I don’t understand any of it” he said “Well I cannot help you if you don’t tell me what you need help with” I felt stupid and walked away. I was never confident with my math and I ended up failing my ninth grade math. The teachers began to think I had a learning disability and started putting me through tests lowering my self-esteem. They found out through the tests that my math developmental level is grade three math… when they said that my heart dropped and I felt so ashamed and embarrassed. I realized the fact that everyone was moving forward and I was falling behind some of the students in my class knew I was struggling but told me I will make it through. When I did not make it through I didn’t even want to look at my other classmates.

three ways in which Inuit mathematics challenge Eurocentric ideas about the purposes of mathematics and the way we learn it.

  • Inuit use base-20 whereas European use base-10
  • Inuit teachers do not ask a student a question for which they think that student does not have the answer.
  • Inuit use natural ways to do math like their calendar they let nature takes its course how long one month depends on how long it takes for a natural event to take place associated with each month are everyday activities that men and women repeat each year



Why Treaty Ed?

1. What is the purpose of teaching Treaty Ed (specifically) or First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) Content and Perspectives (generally) where there are few or no First Nations, Metis, Inuit peoples?

2. What does it mean for your understanding of the curriculum that “We are all treaty people”?

1.) It is important to teach Treaty Ed because a lot of the land in Canada is treaty land and it is important to learn the history of where we live and how it came to be. We as teachers also need to help children become open-minded to other cultures. Some of our History is tragic but is very important to learn and teach to the next generations to come so we would not repeat the same mistakes.

2.) To me personally the saying “We are all treaty people” means becoming united with each other. As well we are all living on treaty land, therefore, it is important to acknowledge and learn about each others culture. We all share the land and have different backgrounds and to show respect and build relationships with each other we must learn to understand everyone’s backgrounds.