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.
22 10, 2019

Why Does Play Elicit A Stress Response?

By | 2019-10-22T08:21:27+00:00 October 22nd, 2019|

As many people know, I'm a strong advocate for play-based learning. Real, authentic, student-driven and led play. Free play. I've called this play many things over the years, including "free exploration time" and "work time" -- for play is a child's work -- but this year, my teaching partner, Paula, and I switched to [...]

1 10, 2019

“If I Run, Will I Go To Heaven?”: Self-Reg And The Terry Fox Run

By | 2019-10-01T08:09:42+00:00 October 1st, 2019|

This is my 19th year of teaching. I've taught at 8 schools in our Board, and worked with hundreds of students. But sometimes, no matter what previous experiences you may have had, a child's comment stops you. It makes you think differently. This is one of those times. Yesterday, our school [...]

27 08, 2019

A Self-Reg Look At “Preparing Kids”: Is It Time To Change The Conversation?

By | 2019-08-27T05:21:22+00:00 August 27th, 2019|

As we go back into the classroom this week to get ready for school, I'm doing some thinking around a phrase that I hear quite frequently in educational circles: the need to "prepare children" for the next grade. Recently, I started to look at this phrase through a Self-Reg lens, and this [...]

30 07, 2019

How Do You Build Classes?: When Connections Matter Most

By | 2019-07-30T07:54:22+00:00 July 30th, 2019|

Recently, I shared my Self-Reg journey on The MEHRIT Centre Website. As I mentioned in my profile here, I now find myself seeing everything through a Self-Reg lens. I was reminded of this recently, as I worked with the other Summer Curriculum and Site Support teacher to get things ready [...]

2 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Look At The Broken Internet: Our Day Without Wifi

By | 2019-07-02T09:21:44+00:00 July 2nd, 2019|

Yesterday started as my day often does, beginning to get materials organized for the week and setting up the classroom space prior to the start of Before Care. Soon after I started though, I noticed that some of our butterflies emerged. On Friday, we had two butterflies, but today, we [...]

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 [...]

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