Source: Alberta Education
Summary: This chapter will help teachers to:
- use effective instructional strategies that will support the learning needs and strengths of Aboriginal students
- gain a better understanding of the unique worldviews of Aboriginal students.
The teacher’s relationship with the student is at the heart of Aboriginal approaches to education. Traditionally, teachers knew each student as an individual, with unique gifts and needs. In this environment, they tailored the learning process to the student’s needs as a matter of course.
Tailoring the learning process for Aboriginal students helps to engage their interest and allows them to succeed. To do this, teachers need to:
- build relationships with individual students
- gather information through conversations with students, parents and other teachers
- observe students in a variety of situations.
In Aboriginal approaches to learning, simply knowing information is not enough. Students are supported, encouraged and challenged to own their learning, to bring it into context, to make it part of their experience and to reflect on what they have learned. The strategies explored in this chapter support this kind of learning experience.