ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS: Applying Foundational Knowledge about FNMI Peoples…
Jazmin Roe and Antonia Comanda
How are Alberta elementary educators applying foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in their classrooms?
Recently there was an addition to the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard: A teacher develops and applies foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit for the benefit of all students(Teacher Competency #5). While many resources and information on FNMI topics are aimed at junior high and high school, we wanted to focus on how educators can integrate TQS #5 at the elementary level. This is a responsibility of all Alberta educators, not just Social Studies teachers.
As a part of our Professional Inquiry Project for Professional Semester III, we are collecting data on the following critical inquiry question: How are Alberta elementary educators applying foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in their classrooms? In addition to interviewing educators at our schools, we want to extend our inquiry project to other elementary educators in Alberta through an online survey.
Jazmin Roe is a fifth-year social studies education major and hopes to one day be an elementary teacher in grades 4-6. She recognizes that education for reconciliation is such an important topic and is encouraged that many elementary educators are applying knowledge about FNMI peoples.
Antonia Comanda and is a fifth-year social studies education major. With the recent change in Alberta Teaching Quality Standards she has found it difficult to locate quality resources for apply foundational knowledge about FNMI peoples.