First People’s Principles of Learning and Physical Health Education
My experience with an Aboriginal Support Worker
Prior to this course I took the Aboriginal Education course in the B.Ed program, where we learned about the FPPL in some depth. I’ve also been lucky enough to have Deana, a member of the Musqueam Nation, an Aboriginal Resource Support Worker, come to my practicum class every Thursday. Deana often talks about her relationship with her son, and how they incorporate their practices into their modern, busy lives, which has taught me a lot about about indigenous ways of knowing.
Building a relationship with our body
I am most drawn to the idea that learning is relational, that we learn through our connections with the topics and people who we learn with and about. I find this principle embodies everything I value as a teacher, and that it bridges nicely with a lot of the research done into inquiry-based and multi-literacies education. How students won’t learn until they see their connection to the material.
I believe that the concept of relational learning is perfect for HOPE because physical and health education is about building a better relationship with ourselves and our bodies. I am interested in exploring in this course, and potentially building my unit plan around the idea of students exploring their own health and their physical education interests. I don’t exactly know how I will do this yet, but my goal here is for them to build relationships with each other and with themselves and to explore their connection to what their physical health means to them.