Aviva Dunsiger

About Aviva Dunsiger

Aviva Dunsiger has been the Portal Plus Moderator for close to a year now and just finished the Foundations Certification Program. She has taught everything from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and enjoys blogging about her teaching and learning experiences. She blogs professionally on her blog, Living Avivaloca. Aviva is excited to contribute a monthly post on The MEHRIT Centre Blog.
2 05, 2017

The Day I Knew That I Found A Self-Reg Haven

By | 2017-05-02T12:23:53+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|

Since entering Rousseau School, I've felt as though I've walked into a Self-Reg Haven. It's hard to describe what makes it that way.  Maybe it's the fact that the hallways are always quiet. Maybe it's the absence of yelling. Maybe it's the camaraderie that you see between staff and students. Maybe [...]

3 04, 2017

The Day I Was Dysregulated

By | 2017-04-03T13:37:12+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|

Thursday was an interesting day. It was my 20-minute prep day, which changes our classroom schedule, as we stay outside longer in the morning, and then come in for our meeting time and to continue with our regular routine. We work on a Day 1-5 schedule at our school, which means [...]

7 02, 2017

From Fights To Fake Nails: Three Lessons In Empathy

By | 2017-02-07T12:37:03+00:00 February 7th, 2017|

I always find that it is at recess time that I so often put my Self-Reg learning into practice. This was definitely true this week. There were three different experiences during my Wednesday duty time that made me think the most. The first experience was with a Grade 1 student. He was [...]

7 01, 2017

Why Can’t I Focus On Reading Today? — My Self-Reg Holiday Story

By | 2017-01-24T12:33:41+00:00 January 7th, 2017|

I've had a wonderful, relaxing Winter Break. I've seen friends that I haven't seen in a while, spent some quality time with family, and enjoyed numerous good books. While I've done a little school work during the holidays -- from finalizing some planning with my teaching partner to completing our day book [...]

5 12, 2016

Observing The Connection Between Self-Regulation And Self-Control

By | 2016-12-13T10:43:41+00:00 December 5th, 2016|

Last week, the Kindergarten classes at our school went to see Theatre Ancaster's production of Shrek The Musical. While a three-hour musical is quite long for Kindergarten students, one of our school's Kindergarten teachers played the Dragon in this production, so we spent some time exploring the musical in class. We wanted [...]

11 11, 2016

Feeling Tired? Could This Be Why?

By | 2016-11-11T14:49:09+00:00 November 11th, 2016|

The other day, my teaching partner and I had a wonderful day at school. At the end of the day, as we reflected on how things went and some possible plans for the next day, we both remarked on how tired we felt. This got us thinking. With it being such [...]

3 10, 2016

When Listening To Kids Means Changing Plans

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:29+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|

On Friday, my teaching partner and I had this great plan. After some movement activities in the Music Room with one of my prep coverage teachers, we were going to come back to the classroom, have a quick Brain Break, and then I would do a short mini-lesson extending some [...]

14 09, 2016

Reframing Behaviour At Recess Time

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:29+00:00 September 14th, 2016|

I was on recess duty the other day, and a Grade 2 student came up to me to say that another child kicked her as a group of them were playing together on the car (a large, toy car in the middle of the playground area). She couldn't remember the [...]

20 08, 2016

A Changing Vision: Embracing A New School Reality For The Early Years

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:29+00:00 August 20th, 2016|

This summer was a very exciting time for Kindergarten educators in Ontario because the Ministry released The Kindergarten Program 2016 and Growing Success -- The Kindergarten Addendum. At the end of last week, I read both of these documents and engaged in many interesting conversations on Twitter about them. I am very happy to see [...]