Sometimes the best resources are found in the unlikeliest of places…
I have a bit of a book buying problem, so the other day when I saw a sign for a book sale I made an impulse detour into the store. It was not at all what I expected. It looked like a regular downtown building on the outside but on the inside it was an old fashioned blacksmiths shop. The displays of books were mostly focused on local history; not exactly what I was looking for or needed. As I turned to leave a picture of a book seller posing with Walter Gretzky caught my attention. At the table was a man selling his book called Western Hooves of Thunder alongside a display of Six Nations Iroquois Program Teachers Guides (by Zig Misiak, Facebook). Teachers Guides – now that is something I can use!
I love this resource for a few reasons:
- Every Ontario school board has at least one copy available for teacher use (many have more than a dozen copies)
- It was recently designed in cooperation with First Nations educators and historians making the information accurate, current and culturally sensitive
- The program contains complete lesson plans which include stories, music, art and videos appropriate for any grade
- It meets many curriculum expectations and follows the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework
- It provides educators with limited First Nations knowledge with the information they need to feel comfortable teaching this subject material
- I feel strongly about the importance of Aboriginal education for all students AND I always love finding resources that contain quality lesson or unit ideas
If you are teaching elementary or secondary students in Canada, then this is a resource you should definitely look into. To locate a copy you can contact your school board, faculty of education or visit www.realpeopleshistory.com.
I know there are countless resources available and sometimes it can be overwhelming to determine which are valuable. Please use this space to share your favourites with fellow Rookie Teachers!Pin It