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Contributions on the Self-Reg Community blog page come from various members of our TMC team and folks in our Self-Reg Foundations program.
17 12, 2019

Making a Judgement Call

By | 2019-12-17T09:40:05+00:00 December 17th, 2019|

By: Brigid Berry Recognizing stressors can be tricky.  We are not mind-readers nor can we memorize a list of possible stressors and access them immediately.  Time constraints, distractions and expectations can hamper our ability to readily identify and name the stressors behind students' challenging behaviours.  So how do we apply our [...]

10 12, 2019

Reframing My “Meltdown”

By | 2019-12-09T13:01:21+00:00 December 10th, 2019|

By: Lindsay Hayes, Program Assistant Mentor, Pembina Hills School Division I love my job, but this week was hard. Really hard. Like so many people around me, the load is feeling heavy. We have a lot going on right now in our professional and personal lives with budget cuts, job [...]

3 12, 2019

Compliance ~ A Principal’s Perspective

By | 2019-12-03T07:00:31+00:00 December 3rd, 2019|

By: Arlene Robinson Rules, rules rules... we expect all to comply to the rules of school. This is for the best of everyone right? Sometimes the rules support, but not all of the time - particularly when the rules are not accessible in the moment.  Sometimes they do not even [...]

8 10, 2019

Put Those Tears Away: Notes from the first week of kindergarten

By | 2019-10-08T08:43:10+00:00 October 8th, 2019|

By: Heather Bredin I was standing by the fence, holding a child's hand. He was crying. Loudly. And he'd been crying loudly for the last 3 hours.  "I miss my Mommy!" He choked out for the millionth time.  "Mommy is coming soon," I said flatly.  "When all our jobs are done?" [...]

24 09, 2019

Self-Reg ~ Not Just for Kids

By | 2019-09-24T09:26:42+00:00 September 24th, 2019|

By Lisa Cranston, EdD Just like children, adults have emotional storms and we need that feeling of safety and security found through interpersonal relationships so that we can return to calm. One time this truly hit home for me was when my husband and I were living in Argentina. He [...]

10 09, 2019

Reframing Francis

By | 2019-09-10T07:45:24+00:00 September 10th, 2019|

By Sonia Gregory, Teaching Principal, Chief Paul Niditchie School Dr. Stuart Shanker says, “See a child differently, see a different child.” This is such a beautiful concept in Self-Reg. It seems so simple, but what does it really mean to reframe a child’s behaviour? I like to think that I [...]

2 04, 2019

Learning and Letting Go in a Japanese Bathhouse

By | 2019-03-17T17:46:41+00:00 April 2nd, 2019|

By Melissa Raine During a recent ski holiday in Japan, I had the opportunity to experience an onsen, a hot springs pool where the venerable Japanese tradition of communal bathing is practiced. Bathers are often but not always segregated according to sex. Strict codes of conduct support both respect for [...]

28 02, 2019

“It’s not tight enough!” One Child’s Experience of Tactile Defensiveness

By | 2019-02-26T17:06:49+00:00 February 28th, 2019|

By: Alison Cass Ronald,* age five, is an empathetic and hard working child. His parents have taught him love, kindness and compassion. Each day he works harder than most children in my kindergarten class. Ronald comes to school with a smile on his face—and one of heaviest backpacks in our [...]

17 01, 2019

Transitioning to Kindergarten Without The Stress: A Self-Reg focused approach to welcoming children to school

By | 2019-01-15T13:33:00+00:00 January 17th, 2019|

By: Tiffany Goulet The first day of school... For some it’s exciting, for others terrifying. For some it’s long awaited, for others it arrived too soon. For some they feel ready, for others not at all. No matter how differently we all feel about this transition, we can surely agree [...]

23 10, 2018

What Does It Really Mean To Restore?

By | 2018-10-16T11:28:47+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|

By: Nancy Niessen I thought I knew what Step 5 of Shanker Self-Reg was all about. As I delved into Step 5 more deeply in the Level 2 Facilitator Program, my understanding became fuzzy before becoming clear again. Step 5 is about restoring balance in all five of our domains: [...]

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