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.
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 [...]

31 07, 2018

Making Sense of the Scents: My Dysregulating Self-Reg Experience

By | 2018-07-23T15:17:14+00:00 July 31st, 2018|

Today I went for a pedicure. I love pedicures! There's something so wonderful about getting your feet massaged, feeling the warm water on your toes, and then leaving with a beautiful new nail colour. When my mom asked me if I wanted to join her for a morning nail appointment, [...]

12 07, 2018

Does It Take Just a Minute To Make a Difference?

By | 2018-07-18T12:30:34+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 [...]