I believe that the curriculum has had a huge impact on shaping me as a teacher. I guess I can’t really say it was curriculum in itself, but it was the way that my teachers taught the curriculum that had the greatest effect on me as a future teacher. I can remember teachers that would only teach to reach those outcomes, and they didn’t seem to care much if we actually understood what we were learning. This obviously had a negative effect on me. Then, I had teachers who cared more about actually understanding what we were learning rather than powering through the entire thing. This was beneficial to me, but now that I am actually looking into the curriculum I can see what things are at the bottom of the list of outcomes. Which leads me to what is in the hidden curriculum when I was in school. Now that I am looking for it I do realize that the outcome about First Nations culture/people are at the bottom of the list, and that is usually what is left out when teachers are teaching. In school I was not taught about race, diversity, or anything that was really controversial in society. I come from a small town where everyone is basically the same, and these things were not a huge problem within the schools. This made me feel somewhat unprepared when I got to university because of my lack on knowledge on such things. I don’t know if that is the excuse for not talking about it, but it is still a major part of life today outside of schools, and it should definitely be confronted in schools whether it is within the schools or not.
Things that I want to place priority on are the things at the bottom of the list. Now that I am starting to learn more about Treaty Education I want to actually teach it because I was not. I want to tackle the more difficult topics like racism, and I know all this needs to be done in a sensitive way, but I want to make it a priority to be touched on in the very least.