I have been asked to develop a lesson that is realigned and now incorporates 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning (2009). At this point in time with respect to teaching full stop, not only Aboriginal ways, my experiences is limited and therefore coming up with an idea is putting me right outside my comfort zone.
This is my idea inspired by http://8ways.wikispaces.com/
‘Who they are and where are they from’
If I start with the idea of a junior years class – early in the year when the students are getting to know one another and the children are learning and sharing ‘all about me’. We would introduce the 8 ways – ‘yarning’ and ‘story sharing’. Beginning with an introduction (only a few sentences) about Australian Aboriginals and how, within their culture, they learn through ‘story sharing’ and ‘yarning’. This would be developed through an open discussion in a circle on the floor. Talking together about themselves and where they come from. Then through art and drawing they can create an image that represents themselves and what it is that makes them who they are.
We would begin with questions and share our answers – how old we are, who is our family, what we like to do, what are our favourite things are, where they live etc . This opportunity provides for dialogues and discussion shared amongst everyone. It is learning through the experience by developing their own sense of identity. I think this fits with 8ways as it connects the idea of people and their place – 8ways connects Aboriginal people through ‘who they are and where they are from’ and this opportunity engages others to think about their fellow students and ask the same question ‘who are they and where are they from?’.
These ideas can be identified as 8ways or Aboriginal ways, but really it a way of being that is incorporates all sorts of pedagogies. It’s not about preaching and it’s not about saying this is ‘the way’, it is instead about helping to share and connect one another to a sense of being and a sense of place.