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.
18 09, 2017

Reframing THAT Child

By | 2017-09-19T14:42:35+00:00 September 18th, 2017|

Here's a statement that I've heard many times before: "I wonder how I'll feel now that my child is in the same class as THAT child." Another school year has begun, and as parents and students start to get to know classmates and find out more about them, there always seems to [...]

3 08, 2017

From Fictional Characters To Peers: Considering Self-Reg For Adults

By | 2017-08-04T12:41:30+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|

I'm an avid reader. I especially love to use time over the holidays to sit down and enjoy a good book. I will read almost anything, but my favourite genre is Mystery/Suspense. James Patterson is one of my favourite authors, and while I haven't read all of his BookShots, I [...]

28 06, 2017

Ending The Year On A Self-Reg Note

By | 2017-09-19T14:51:20+00:00 June 28th, 2017|

The other morning before school started, I was sitting down to organize items to go into the OSR. I like to organize everything first, and then start filing. I had two HUGE Ziplocs full of things that need to be filed. As I started to put Communications of Learning into [...]

13 06, 2017

My Cubby Room Conundrum: Is It Time To Reframe “Hiding?”

By | 2017-09-19T14:56:48+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

Sometimes we have those experiences that stick with us, even weeks later. That's what happened here. I still remember the day, the child, and the moment my thinking changed. It was late one afternoon, and we were getting ready to tidy up. We probably should have started earlier, but there [...]

2 05, 2017

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

By | 2017-09-19T14:57:45+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 | 2017-09-19T14:57:05+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 [...]