Self-Reg Blog

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 [...]

10 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Freedom ~ Part Three: In Pursuit of Liberty AND Freedom

By | 2019-07-09T22:19:08+00:00 July 10th, 2019|

In Self-Reg, we want to have it both ways: preserve Liberty as a birthright and ensure that everyone can become free. If the price of Democracy is that certain individuals, businesses, or political actors are allowed to influence the unwary by taking advantage of their limbic impulses, then we need [...]

8 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens of Freedom ~ Part Two: Freedom is in Peril ~ Now more than ever

By | 2019-07-07T21:01:53+00:00 July 8th, 2019|

Even if you feel strongly that Liberty is an inalienable right – and as we saw in Democracy is in Peril ~ Again, not everyone does – the same cannot be said for freedom: at least, not in the philosophical sense adumbrated in Part 1. To be sure, in the [...]

5 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Freedom ~ Part 1: The Paradox of Democracy

By | 2019-07-05T07:31:32+00:00 July 5th, 2019|

The new biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, On the Basis of Sex, instantly provoked a heated controversy. In the trailer for the film, the young RBG (who is suing the government for sex discrimination) stands before a judge who admonishes her: “The word ‘woman’ does not appear even once in [...]

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 [...]

25 06, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Men’s Role in Women’s Safety

By | 2019-06-25T07:48:31+00:00 June 25th, 2019|

I feel like I’m wading into risky territory here, but I want to talk about the concept of safety, in terms of women’s experiences and relationships with men. There is a big-picture aspect to this conversation: safety from sexual assault, sexual harassment and domestic violence. Those are overt crimes that [...]

12 06, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 3: Creating a Just Society

By | 2019-06-12T08:00:17+00:00 June 12th, 2019|

Authoritarianism feeds off the feelings of hopelessness that obdurate social problems produce. The despair that Democracy will never be able to overcome its failings; that the majority of the citizenry lack the fortitude to make society great. That if large sectors of the populace cannot exercise self-control, then there must [...]

10 06, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 2: We Have Met the Enemy

By | 2019-06-10T14:18:54+00:00 June 10th, 2019|

The first step in any Self-Reg undertaking is to understand the conceptual distinctions that we are dealing with. In this case, we might begin with the democratic versus authoritarian view of strong society. According to the former, a strong society is one that embraces consensus politics and the rule of [...]

7 06, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 1: Democracy is in Peril ~ Again

By | 2019-06-10T13:35:54+00:00 June 7th, 2019|

If ever there was a time to heed Santayana’s warning, this is it. It is tempting to dismiss what is happening in the US today as an aberration. This might be true in some respects; in others, not. The end of the Cold War saw a surge of new Democracies. [...]

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 [...]

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