Aboriginal 8 ways of teaching and learning…

After reading about the Aboriginal pedagogy it is evident that this approach to teaching is interconnected. The 8 ways of Aboriginal pedagogy joins protocols, values, processes and systems with the 8 aspects. These include: connecting through stories, picture pathways of knowledge, see, think, act, make and share without words, keep and share knowledge with objects, work with lessons from land and nature, put different ideas together and create new knowledge, work from whole parts and watching then doing, and lastly bring new knowledge back into the community. This approach incorporates multiple aspects of our learning environments, taking in consideration the community and local aspects. It also allows for collaboration amongst fellow peer members, promoting connectedness. I can see connections with what many teachers in a traditional school would incorporate into their lessons. For example, many lessons begin with a shared book or story. When looking at the point about working from wholes to parts, and watching and doing reminds me a lot about approaches taken in learning about fractions in maths. Many effective activities use in the classroom begin with the students watching a demonstration and then them actually having to do it. So these are just a few examples of the connections I can see between the two different ways of teaching.

8 Aboriginal Ways of Knowing, (2009), retrieved from http://8ways.wikispaces.com/

8 Aboriginal Ways of Knowing, (2009), retrieved from http://8ways.wikispaces.com/

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