Blog #10: Curriculum as Numeracy

Going through school math was always my weakest subject, I really struggled with concepts and ideas presented in the form of problems and equations. As I progressed through the years I fell further and further behind in mathematics, and this led to a lot of problems for me by the time I got to grade 6. But, the 6th grade was the year that things got turned around for me, there was an excellent staff at my school and they really cared about how I was doing and so my teacher met with my mother and gave her all the workbooks from grade 6-8 for me to work on at home with help. After a little while I was back on track and actually a little bit ahead for the first time in my life which felt great. All the years leading up to the 6th grade I felt awful about my math skills and because I did not understand right away I got lost and felt like the teacher and the class left me behind in the lessons. I know there were also a few other students that had the same problems I did, but unfortunately later did not have the same teacher I did that helped me so they never really caught up. For the longest time me and a few other kids felt like we were not as important in the classroom just because we weren’t moving along as=t the same speed as the others.

A few of the Inuit ways of learning math that stand out to me as challenging Eurocentric ideas are that the Inuit have a mainly oral form of teaching, meaning they don’t rely on paper or a board at the front of class to teach what they need to teach. Using their body parts for measuring is another great difference because it is something concrete younger children can see in front of them rather than just being told how long something is they can see it for themselves. The last thing I would like to point out is that rather than use a base 10 counting system the use base 20, it seems that most of the world uses the base 10 and it is a usually agreed upon counting system but the Inuit people do things differently and that shows that there doesn’t have to b just one way of doing things in life. It is possible to have different ways of doing regular things that will still work the same as the “norm” way of doing it.

One thought on “Blog #10: Curriculum as Numeracy

  1. Hi, Lochlin! I really enjoyed your post this week! I could definitely relate to your blog when you spoke about your struggle with math, as I struggled for math too. That is great your learning and understanding progressed through help and support from your teacher as you got older! When reviewing the differences between Eurocentric and Indigenous perspectives of math and other subjects, it would be interesting to see how different our education system would be if all teachers were trained that way.

    Thanks for sharing!


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