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.
14 05, 2019

Thoughts On Teaching While Angry

By | 2019-05-13T11:18:42+00:00 May 14th, 2019|

I recently read John Hoffman's wonderful blog post about Thoughts On Parenting While Angry. I was really taken by this post, as I realized that it's not just parents that have these moments. Educators can also have them. I remember one of these moments for me last year. I walked [...]

16 04, 2019

Welcome To Wormville: Engaging In Some Springtime Self-Reg

By | 2019-04-19T14:34:55+00:00 April 16th, 2019|

As a child, I loved worms. I remember collecting them off my driveway after a good rain, and digging for them in the mud at other times during the year. There was something so wonderful about holding that wiggling worm on your hand and watching it transform into shapes, letters, [...]

9 04, 2019

Battling Brunch: How Do You Respond To Negativity?

By | 2019-04-02T12:04:14+00:00 April 9th, 2019|

One of my favourite things to do on the weekend is to go out for brunch, especially with family members or friends. It often becomes the perfect time to connect with people. After my subitizing learning focus over a year ago now, brunch outings also offer new opportunities to add [...]

26 03, 2019

Here’s To A House With The Most: A Self-Reg Look At Our Dramatic Play Space

By | 2019-03-26T08:11:24+00:00 March 26th, 2019|

As a Kindergarten teacher, I understand the value of dramatic play. I know that students communicate much of their thinking and learning in this way. There are so many opportunities for oral language, including the development of new vocabulary, as part of dramatic play. But the truth is, I rarely like [...]

12 02, 2019

My Dysregulated Day … And How I Almost Missed It

By | 2019-02-04T13:10:31+00:00 February 12th, 2019|

The more that you learn about Self-Reg, the more that it seems to govern your views of everything in your life. Sometimes I'm sure that Stuart Shanker's questions of, "Why?" and "Why now?" never leave my head. And yet, no matter how much we've learned about Self-Reg, sometimes we miss [...]

15 01, 2019

The Clean Up Conundrum — We Know That Self-Reg Is The Answer, But What Can We Do?

By | 2019-01-13T12:32:09+00:00 January 15th, 2019|

Usually when I contribute a post to The MEHRIT Centre blog, I do so as a way to share reflections, celebrate a success, and discuss some possible next steps. My posts are always about what I know to be true. This doesn't mean that I don't make mistakes along the way, and [...]

4 12, 2018

My Sick Day: Making It Through Thanks To Foundations 1

By | 2018-12-03T11:00:08+00:00 December 4th, 2018|

It's the start of cold and flu season in Ontario. I often joked that I was "immune to getting sick," having spent so many years around kids and germs, but this year, it got me. I've been balancing more than usual this year between teaching, my work at The MEHRIT [...]

6 11, 2018

The Adult Version Of “Can I Play Too?”: My Experience With Social Stressors

By | 2018-11-05T11:34:56+00:00 November 6th, 2018|

I am currently enrolled in a Teacher Leadership course through our Board. This is the second face-to-face course that I've taken, and in both cases, I've struggled with the same thing: those initial social interactions. If I know you, I'm very social, but I struggle when getting started in unstructured social situations. [...]

25 09, 2018

Is That Table for THAT? Unexpected Connections in the Prosocial Domain

By | 2018-09-24T15:17:26+00:00 September 25th, 2018|

My teaching partner, Paula, and I have been spending a lot of time in the past few weeks observing how our students use the classroom. Sometimes we just stand back and observe the room, and other times, we record a quick tour of the classroom to capture a moment in [...]

4 09, 2018

A Self-Reg Start: What Do You Do?

By | 2018-08-29T13:29:15+00:00 September 4th, 2018|

While school didn't start for students until today, educators across Ontario have been back in classrooms since on August 27th to get ready. I was lucky enough to meet up with my teaching partner, Paula, at a professional development opportunity a couple weeks ago, and in between listening to the [...]

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