Self-Reg Blog

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 [...]

7 05, 2019

Self-Reg, Social Justice & Democracy

By | 2019-05-16T11:59:36+00:00 May 7th, 2019|

The Future Lies in the Hands of Self-Reg Parents, Schools, and Communities I first started thinking about social justice and democracy when I was 16 years old. I had just attended a political rally where Pierre Elliot Trudeau talked about a Just Society: one in which “equality of opportunity is [...]

23 04, 2019

Thoughts on Parenting While Angry

By | 2019-04-21T13:39:27+00:00 April 23rd, 2019|

One of the biggest challenges in raising kids is learning to parent well—OK, reasonably well—when you’re angry. Raising children is inherently emotional. And that means we’re sometimes parenting under the influence of anger and its cousins – frustration, resentment, and irritation. When you think about it, a fair number of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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