I would like to thank the people of at the Ministry of Education in British Columbia for the following Principles of Learning list. For me these principles appear to be mostly common sense for many learners not just FNMI students. If we as educators consciously apply these principles to our classrooms our success rates would increase no matter the background of the student sitting in front of us.
First Peoples Principles of Learning
Principles of Learning generally reflect First Peoples pedagogy. Because these principles of learning represent an attempt to identify common elements in the varied teaching and learning approaches that prevail within particular First Peoples societies, it must be recognized that they do not capture the full reality of the approach used in any single First Peoples society.
- Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.
- Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
- Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions.
- Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities.
- Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge.
- Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.
- Learning involves patience and time.
- Learning requires exploration of one’s identity.
- Learning involves recognizing that some knowledge is sacred and only shared with permission and/or in certain situations.
Many of these principles I have touched upon on other posts, but it never hurts to revisit and remind ourselves that these things are important to meaningful learning. Often we as teachers get busy and things slip by without realization. If we have a check like this when we are planning, it could help us ensure that the learning is meaningful and encourages much more meta-cognitive thinking and higher order thinking in all of the subjects that we teach.