Dr. Stuart Shanker

2 04, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: A Message that All Teens Need to Hear

By | 2020-04-03T16:13:01+00:00 April 2nd, 2020|

My goal in these “Coronavirus Conversations” is to relate Self-Reg ideas to various things that my family and I are going through: partly to share, partly to further my own learning. And the perfect example occurred the other day in a conversation I had with our teenage son. It [...]

26 03, 2020

Corona Partiers

By | 2020-04-06T06:58:55+00:00 March 26th, 2020|

I wanted to share today the series of emotions that I went through when I read and thought about the corona partiers. First I felt anger. To paraphrase Jean Twenge’s point about the iGen (the “internet generation”), it is tempting to see corona partying as the hallmark of the [...]

25 02, 2020

Who Are Your Hidden Self-Reg Champions?

By | 2020-02-25T08:09:14+00:00 February 25th, 2020|

Thursday morning. The kids were just entering, unpacking, and getting ready to head out with us to the back field. That's when a teacher arrived at the classroom door. "Can I speak to you for a minute, Miss Dunsiger?" Oh no! The minute that she told me that there was a "possible bus [...]

31 01, 2020

Reframe Friday: YOU are the strategy!

By | 2020-01-29T15:08:29+00:00 January 31st, 2020|

By: Lindsay Hayes As I reflect back on the past couple of months supporting our wonderful students and staff across our school division, I find myself using one particular line over and over, “It’s you, you are the strategy.”  This sentence resonated so much when it was first offered to [...]

12 12, 2019

From Santa Claus To The Elf On The Shelf: Does “Big Brother” Need To Be Watching Us?

By | 2019-12-11T21:18:09+00:00 December 12th, 2019|

I didn't grow up celebrating Christmas. As many of my friends and classmates prepared for the holidays with a Christmas tree and stories of Santa Claus, I lit the candles on the menorah. Sometimes Hanukkah overlapped with Christmas. Sometimes it didn't. I remember asking my parents for a Hanukkah bush [...]

19 11, 2019

My Titanic Connection: An Office Visit That Resulted In Reflections On Building Relationships

By | 2019-11-19T08:45:16+00:00 November 19th, 2019|

Friday. My teaching partner was away for an appointment, and I had duty and period 5 prep. We also wanted to have students help us switch around our building space and begin to create a school in our dramatic play space. In order to get everything done and the class cleaned [...]

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 [...]

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?" [...]

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 [...]

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