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.
12 07, 2018

Does It Take Just a Minute To Make a Difference?

By | 2018-07-12T14:30:41+00:00 July 12th, 2018|

Sometimes I realize how quickly things can change. Everything is going well, until it's not. Before I took the Foundations 1 Course, I remember having many conversations with educators and administrators about students in my classroom. I often made comments, such as, "I never saw that response coming." "He/she changed [...]

12 06, 2018

10, 9, 8, 7… | A Self-Reg Look At Countdowns

By | 2018-06-10T12:51:53+00:00 June 12th, 2018|

Countdowns. As we're approaching the middle of June, there's no doubt about it that year-end countdowns will start soon. The warmer weather doesn't help with this. I often say that the weather puts children into "summer mode," and maybe it does the same for adults. But countdowns have always made [...]

1 05, 2018

When And How Do Perceptions Matter?

By | 2018-04-30T13:39:03+00:00 May 1st, 2018|

My teaching partner, Paula, and I spend a lot of time discussing Self-Reg. We often talk about our students, and what we're noticing in the classroom.  Is their behaviour changing? Why might it be changing? What might be causing problems? How can we support our students better? Are there children [...]

14 03, 2018

When Not Complying Is The Self-Regulated Choice

By | 2018-03-14T10:24:17+00:00 March 14th, 2018|

Today was a Day 4, which means that I have a prep period at the end of the day: it's music. Since we don't have a separate music room at our school, our music teacher comes to our classroom with a large cart of instruments and a traveling stereo to [...]

15 02, 2018

Can Self-Reg Help Me Brave the Before Care Program?

By | 2018-03-10T17:21:17+00:00 February 15th, 2018|

For the past 1 1/2 years, our Kindergarten classroom has been used for a Kindergarten After Care Program. As somebody that likes organization in the classroom, and the ability to come in early and stay late (if I want), the idea of sharing our classroom terrified me. But I did [...]

17 01, 2018

Is It Our Fears That Are Stopping Kids? A Self-Reg Look At Risky Play

By | 2018-01-15T11:57:09+00:00 January 17th, 2018|

The snowfall over the winter holidays led to lots of amazing snow structures at our school. One morning, when we made our way out to the forest to play, students saw this structure that a group of junior students had made on the playground. They were eager to go over [...]

14 12, 2017

A Happy Holiday Musical That’s Much Happier Thanks To Some Co-Regulation

By | 2017-12-18T13:00:38+00:00 December 14th, 2017|

I'm very lucky! I work with amazing and talented people on the Kindergarten team at our school. But when one of these great people suggested that we put on a Kindergarten Musical for the holidays, I was beyond stressed. Yes, it was my suggestion to maybe do something different for Kindergarten [...]

28 11, 2017

Are We Really The Only Ones That Care? A Self-Reg Look At Self-Assessment

By | 2017-11-29T20:19:40+00:00 November 28th, 2017|

I remember many years ago when I taught Grade 6. There were a couple of students that I probably worked with more than others. I wasn't the only one. Prep coverage teachers also worked with them a lot. The Learning Resource Teacher often supported them. Parents also spent numerous hours working with these children. [...]

20 10, 2017

Grieving Through The Five Domains

By | 2018-01-24T17:01:37+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

This post was written on September 30, 2017. Ever since I read Stuart Shanker's Calm, Alert, and Learning, and then later took the Foundations 1 Course through The MEHRIT Centre, I've started to see my personal and professional world through a Self-Reg lens. As Doug Peterson even commented in one of [...]

18 09, 2017

Reframing THAT Child

By | 2018-01-24T16:58:41+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 [...]