kindergarten

24 03, 2020

What’s Missing In The Learning Plans? A Self-Reg Look At A Coronavirus Reality.

By | 2020-03-24T09:21:32+00:00 March 24th, 2020|

Today we should be going back to school. We should be hearing the exciting stories about March Break vacations, playdates, and adventures. Everyone in kindergarten always has something to share. Many kids will be eager to see their friends again, continue with projects from before the Break, and get back into a [...]

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 [...]

21 01, 2020

A Missing Flyer Was All It Took: A Self-Reg View Of My Mini-Meltdown

By | 2020-01-20T13:48:30+00:00 January 21st, 2020|

Last week, I had my own mini-adult temper tantrum. It was the end of the day on Thursday, and as part of our current phase of Work-To-Rule, we all need to be out of the building in 15 minutes. Like others, my teaching partner, Paula, and I are working through [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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