Incorporating Treaty Education into Health Education

For our lesson, we created an activity for Wellness 10 that incorporated treaty education. During the beginning stages of creating this lesson, we struggled to come up with ideas. It was difficult to find a health outcome and treaty outcome that fit well together. It was also difficult to think about the type of activity that should be done in order to make the learning experience meaningful for all of our students. We ended up creating a lesson that allowed students to learn about treaty education, and also allowed the students to relate the learning to themselves. Since health is a holistic subject area, we tried to show students how treaty education is interconnected with their lives. Personally, I thought that the most difficult part of the planning was trying to make the lesson relevant to both curriculums, and to the students’ lives. I did not want to create a lesson that introduced and brought in treaty education one time, and then was never looked at again. I think that teachers should try to incorporate treaty education often, and make sure that it is not just random facts, but rather a useful and engaging teaching/activity.

One piece of feedback that we received on our lesson was for our group discussion activity. The students will be placed into groups of 8, and within these groups they will be assigned a specific quadrant of the medicine wheel, and will be asked to discuss it and come up with a group definition. Since the students could have come up with a lot of information and not know where to beginning the discussion, we were told that providing some guide line/essential questions could be beneficial. I agreed with this piece of feedback. I think that by providing each group a list of guideline questions for their quadrant, it will help for the groups to make good use of their time, and to ensure that everyone is on task. This will help the students with the discussion, and assist the teacher with classroom management. We also received feedback about the closure of our lesson. Originally, students were going to share the goals they set with the class, and then hand in the posters they created. However, this closure seemed to abrupt. Rather, we will end the class in some way that will introduce the next lesson. This might be a short activity, or an exit slip as a pre-assessment tool. This will make the activities less random, and have less of a sudden stop.

After listening to other groups talk about the lessons they created that incorporated treaty education, I realized that since it is a more recent topic, it is sometimes difficult to tie it into subject areas. After listening to some individuals talk about their lessons, I found that even though people might not think that their lessons are useful right now, it is just the beginning. Bringing in treaty education to different subject areas is something I have just recently been introduced to. I think that trying to make lessons that incorporate this education is a big step in the right direction, and will become easier with more practice, education, and experiences.

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