My Self-Study Journey: Using Reflections to Rethink Curriculum Planning


Talk Story / Paper


During my time in the STEMS² program, I worked on developing a self-study that helped me assess how my experiences in education have informed my understanding of self as an elementary school STEMS² teacher. In this presentation, I will be sharing how engaging in self-study reflective practice has led me to question how I develop curriculum as a non-Kanaka ʻOiwi and non-Kanaka Māoli teacher at Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Pūʻōhala School. While starting to prepare for the upcoming school year, I realized that using linear unit and lesson planning templates for our aquaponics project do not align with my belief that students should be leading their learning experience. In this talk story, I hope to discuss how we may deconstruct our understanding of developing linear plans and start to rethink how the planning process may better support student voice, multiple perspectives, and other core ideas within the STEMS² construct.

Session Recording

STEMS² Pillars: Aʻo, Makawalu, Sense of Place


June 26th, 2020, 10:25am–11:25am HST

Location: STEMS² Symposium Room 1