8 Ways is a fantastic site that not only documents Aboriginal Pedagogy but has useful resources which show ways this has been implemented by teachers around Australia. There are examples from a wide range of Key Learning Areas, from both Indigenous and Mainstream teachers.
'8 Ways' is built around the 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning:
Tell a story. Make a plan. Think and do. Draw it. Take it outside. Try a new way. Watch first, then do. Share it with others
- We connect through the stories we share.
- We picture our pathways of knowledge.
- We see, think, act, make and share without words.
- We keep and share knowledge with art and objects.
- We work with lessons from land and nature.
- We put different ideas together and create new knowledge.
- We work from wholes to parts, watching and then doing.
- We bring new knowledge home to help our mob.
In our Circle model we meet students from communities and we hear their stories for the future; we then teach the content so it connects back to their real story; as they leave the program and use their skills & new knowledge for their community life - the Circle closes!
It's worth exploring 8 Ways and discover how you could implement it - it's one of my favourite 'bookmarks'!