Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
J2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, December 30, 1970- Classroom interaction is key Communication stressed in Indian school ABCs AT STANDOFF Carole Lees, above, uses learn-by-doing method with two students, in this case learning math by water volume measures. Theresa MacArthy, top above, uses a hand puppet to establish attention. She uses the Peabody language development plan with her kindergarten class, using shapes, colors, music and pictorial cards. Mable Beebee, top right, serves soup and sandwiches during the noon break. All 110 students in Grades 1 to 6 and kindergarten eat their noon meal in the lunch room. By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer STANDOFF Spare the rod and. spoil the child, idle chat- tering doesn't make a learner, and other archaic phrases have been stricken from the rule book at the Standoff Day School on the Blood Indian Reserve, The result is Derek Lees, school principal and his staff, have found a happy medium to a major problem education of native children. Mr. Lees said it is evident there is a "whole stack" of dis- crimination against the Indian, subtle discrimination, that .is more patronizing than brutal, "Because of this feeling, we decided the Indian child has to be better than his counterpart in the white society to compete in all walks of he said. The main aim is to get the 110 students in the five room school communicating with ev- erybody. "We look at education as a total expression and give the students added freedom with understanding discipline, which gives them the best possible learning atmosphere. This has to be part of the reason for an 85 per cent attendance record. "We provide the means for the students to succeed at some- tiling, no matter how trivial it Renowned city scientist retires %i Dr. R. W. Salt retired from the Lethbridge Research Sta- tion Tuesday after almost 40 years as a scientist with the Canada department of agricul- ture. Regarded as- one of the top j scientists in government ser-1 vice, Dr. Salt achieved interna-' tional recognition as one of the world's foremost authorities in the study of coldhardiness of insects. Through his research Lethtbridge has become an in- centre' for coldhardiness research. His work has provided a ba- sic understanding of the nature of coldhardiness, not only in in i sects but in other animals and in plants. It has also contri-1 buted to the knowledge of cloud i physics and hail formation. I In recent years scientists have been sponsored by the (ness at Michigan State Univer- National Research Council to I sity. He also was invited to come to Lethbridge from Ja- present his findings to several pan, India, Norway and Yugo-j n a t i o n a 1 and international slavia to study under Dr. Salt j scientific organizations includ- In 1909, Dr. Salt gave a se- i ing the Royal Society of Can- ries of lectures on coldhardi-1 ada, the Society for Experi- FRAME STYLES FROM AROUND-THE- WORLD DR. REG SALT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION NOTICE, TO CLAIMANTS Your Office has made special arrangements to ensure that claimants rpcetve their warrants during the festive season. WARRANTS PRODUCED BY THE PAY CENTRE ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, MAY BE PICKED UP AT NOON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 2. Claimants must havs fhoir Social insurance Num- ber Card with thorn for positive identification. No new date for meeting with cabinet Mayor Andy Anderson said Tuesday no word had been re- ceived yet from Premier Harry Strom's office regarding a new date for a meeting between the city and the cabinet on finan- cial 1-iClp for Lcthhridge on the secondary sewage treatment plant. January 13 had hcnn set. but this date conflicts with a public meeting in the city by the par- liamentary committee on the constitution. Mayor Anderson said it may be necessary for city council to split forces am! attend both meetings if no now date can be arranged. may seem to the outsider. This gives them the confidence nec- essary to fit into Uie white so- ciety as they wish." This communication problem has been solved to a large ex tent by giving the student inter action in the classroom. "Desk arrangements allowing students to talk with each other, (not to waste time but to learn) reading corners, math work- shops and kindergarten teach- ing methods, second-to-none, al- low freedom of expression." With this approach, he said, the students arc at the s'tage where Uieir vocabulary level is respectable and their compre- hension level is very high. "The children here understand what they are talking about. He said there is a tightly structured kinder g a r t e n lan- guage program with group and individual language instruction. Theresa MacArthy, the kin- dergarten teacher, uses the Peabody language development kits for her class of three to 4ii-year-old students. This technique incorpor a I. e s shape, colors, posters, plastic, food stuffs, music and pictoral cards in the learning process. A puppet is used to bridge the gap between teacher and stu- dent and to make the student feel less self conscious. Carole Lees, Grades 3 and 4 teacher, said she uses actual instruction to a minimum, let- ting the students discover edu- cation themselves with teach- ing aides, prompting only For this type of teaching to succeed, the staff must work hard. "We have supervision of all students for the whole day. Everything we do, we try to make a learning experience." Mr. Lees said the facilities at Standoff school are good compared to some schools in Africa where he taught but he would like to see some changes, including more Indian teachers on the reserves and a two-way integration with some non-na- tive students attending school on the reserve. Judy Philips, Grade 2 teach- er, has stressed language de- velopment and is impressed with the ability shown by Hie students to learn to read and write in a second English. "I try to set an atmosphere to gain confidence of the stu- dents, allowing them to t a I k back and forth to apply their language she said. She said the children are pleasant to work with, have vi- vid imaginations and expres- sions and do not present any out-of-the-ordinary discip line problems. Karen Graham, Grades 5 and 6 teacher, said the native chil- dren seem more natural than the students in the provincial system. There are no clothing hangups and not as many cliques In our school. Miss Graham said she en- joys living on the reserve. "I've seen many things and had many experiences I would nev- er have in the city systems." The children are given their noon meal at the school by Mrs. Mable Beebee, who is in charge of the lunch room. She works on a budget of 25 cents per stu- dent which gives them a sand- wich, hot soup and a cup of milk. Mr. Lees said he was hoping some of the hunters on the re- serve will shoot some deer so the students would be able to have stew for their meals a couple days per week. Steps taken on hold project City council fuesday took positive action on several de- tails related to tire high-rise ho- tel development in Shoppers' World. Given approval was an agreement between the city and the developer for the sale and lease of various strips of land adjacent to the site, in- cluding portions of 4th Ave. S. and the city reservoir land. First reading was also given to a bylaw providing for the sale of a lane adjacent to the reservoir and another to re- zone several parcels of land mental Biology in England meeting in public hearing on the re- the 10th International Congress of Entomology in Montreal. He is the author of chapters on coldhardiness in such said Uie students seem to earn better and retain more if they discover things for themselves. They get a real was made by Alderman Jim Anderson Tuesday. In what he admitted was a hastily written note, Aid. bylaw which was given first reading Monday will be held Jan. 25. ence text books as the Hand-b o o k of Physiology published by the American Physiological Society and the Annual Review of Entomology published by the Entomological Society of America. Dr. Salt has published more than 40 research papers in various scientific journals. He is a member of several scientific societies as well as the Research Council of Alberta's achievement in selt-Qiscov-cry. She said the inter communication of the students is excellent. Like most children, they help each other willingly and they are very patient. Mr. Lees said the younger teachers are enjoying this approach to learning. There has been some question as to the validity of the methods but "as far as I am concerned, if the students are getting s o m clear snow after 5 a.m. City council Tuesday approved a request from Pine-tree Equipment Rentals that it be allowed to clear snow from parking lots before 7 asked, "Why are the streets so Upon being questioned, he asked that the inquiry be directed to the city administration and confirmed that it was in relation to the slippery condition of the QUALITY DENTURE 1 CLINIC 1 EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic 1 Capital Furniture Bldg. Jmmm PHONE 328-7684iM Tuo 60% ON MUFFLER visory committee on good from it, the some misgivings Dr. Salt joined the staff of he residents of the city MUFFttR CARS Dominion Entomological the teachers use to the early oratory at Lethbridge in 1930 after completing his B.Sc., at the University of Alberta. Later he obtained his relate to what they are teaching but Mr. Lees said it is very important the pictures relate to what the teacher is council decided to permit the snow clearing, provided it was hot done before 5 MINUTE INSTALLATION LIFETIME GUARANTEED MUFFLERS FREE INSPECTION AND from Montana State said school should be several and his doctorate from the part of the community "anti noise versity of church. The parents members decided to With the exception of what is happening clearing and see years (194M2) as acting children and of the department of educational Rex Little said ogy at the University of hold parents days, imagine ta, all his research was shows, bingos and deliberately ducted at Lethbridge at the E n t o m o 1 o g ical Laboratory which later formed the Christmas dinner so parents can participate as much as he potential customers by waking them up that early in the 6th Avenue 328-8134 of the Science Service Laboratories which became part of the Research OF 13th STREET NORTH PHONE 13th STREET 328-6244 i AINDL i n DRUG Year's Eve-Dec. Year's Eve-Dec. Monday, Dec. 1 a.m. to 3 1 a.m. p.m. HUMPTY DUMPTY POTATO Year's Day-January Year's Day-January were advertised in 12 Noon fo 3 Noon p.m. THIS ITEM SHOULD OLD We Wish You POTATO CHIPS __ Happy New You A Happy New TWIN PAK that will become part of the site. All three were opposed by Aldermen Vera Ferguson and Steve Kotch. City to report on why roads so slippery One of the more pointed in- quiries submitted at a city Aid. Ferguson said she felt the whole situation was "most particularly in view of the announcement by John Hammond, city solicitor, that he had been informed that the developer may reduce the size of the hotel. No indication was given on how many stories might be ta- ken off the hotel, if this were done. Any revisions in plans would have to be submitted to the city. The development Is also sclreduled to come before the development appeal board Jan. 14.'