Nothing we haven’t been saying for some years now! Good to see it’s still being discussed and analysed, but when will more schools act on this?
Here is another great article challenging teachers to get outside their comfort zone and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and histories. A good summary of top resources too. I would also add Victor Steffensen’s The Living Knowledge Place (http://www.livingknowledgeplace.com.au/index.php)
An integrated HASS/Science unit applying the 8 ways Aboriginal pedagogy
This unit is designed around 6 full-day excursions with local Aboriginal rangers and cultural interpreters. Each lesson sequence describes one excursion and the related information and activities that can be delivered in the classroom. Contact details for the relevant traditional owners, rangers and cultural interpreters are available at the end of this document; teachers cannot engage authentically with this curriculum without consulting and collaborating with these key people.
For more information, contact myself or Adam Shipp, Yurbay Consultancies (formerly Greening Australia) – firstname.lastname@example.org; M 0414 454 571
8 ways pedagogy was developed and is managed by the Western NSW Regional Aboriginal Education Team, NSW Dept. of Education.
See Tyson Yunkaporta’s thesis on the 8 ways here.
I have mapped the 8 ways framework to Quality Teaching, AITSL Standards and ACT Directorate have added ‘Good Teaching by Design’, attached here.
At the Hobart AATE/ALEA Literacy Conference in July 2017, I had an interesting chat with a teacher at a boys’ school who was looking for some canonical texts by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors which he could recommend to parents as significant literary works.
This is an area Anita Heiss has written much about and indeed is addressed in her edited collection ‘Stories Without End’, co-edited with Penny van Toorn. See review here
My suggestions at the time, and some more I have thought of since, include:
Terri Janke – Butterfly Song
Tara June Winch – Swallow the Air and After the Carnage
Roberta Sykes – Snake Cradle, Snake Dancing and Snake Circle
Alexis Wright – Carpentaria, The Swan Book
Boori Monty Pryor – Maybe Tomorrow
Ali Cobby Eckermann – various poetry
Archie Weller – Day of the Dog and Going Home for more gritty novels for those disengaged boys!
Samuel Wagan Watson, Lionel Fogerty – poetry
Kim Scott – That Deadman Dance (Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, 2011)
Charles Perkins – A Bastard Like Me
Uncle Bill Neidjie – Old Man’s Story and Kakadu Man
ALSO check out the titles listed here.
There are also many awards specific to Indigenous literature, and the shortlists give you an idea of the cream of the crop:
Please reply and add suggestions!
Here are lesson plans from the ‘Water in the World’ Yr 7 Geography unit which incorporate Aboriginal perspectives.