self-regulation

11 12, 2018

Reaching Out: The Most Important Parenting Skill of All?

By | 2018-12-03T17:48:56+00:00 December 11th, 2018|

I recognized the tone of voice right away. My friend Mara* was on the line. (*names changed at family’s request) “How are you doing?” I asked. “I’ve been better,” she replied. Mara’s voice caught a bit on the word better, the clear sign of someone trying to hold it together. [...]

4 12, 2018

My Sick Day: Making It Through Thanks To Foundations 1

By | 2018-12-03T11:00:08+00:00 December 4th, 2018|

It's the start of cold and flu season in Ontario. I often joked that I was "immune to getting sick," having spent so many years around kids and germs, but this year, it got me. I've been balancing more than usual this year between teaching, my work at The MEHRIT [...]

20 11, 2018

Blue Brain Red Brain Balance is the Key

By | 2018-11-20T12:56:26+00:00 November 20th, 2018|

Parents are forever asking us: “Can Self-Reg help me with my child’s challenging behaviours? Nothing I say or do seems to help.” Self-Reg will indeed make a difference—a huge one—in dealing with problems like explosive behaviour, aggression, defiance, tantrums, persistent crying, bouts of frenzy and constant arguing. But to address [...]

30 08, 2018

Self-Reg Schools: The 6 x 6 Series

By | 2018-08-29T13:33:39+00:00 August 30th, 2018|

In this series of short videos Susan Hopkins looks at six role areas in education, and offers six signs that practitioners in each of those roles are practicing Self-Reg. Watch the series below or on our YouTube channel here. Introduction Susan introduces the series by explaining how the name of [...]

28 08, 2018

Developing Stress Awareness: My Mother’s and My Own

By | 2018-08-23T11:36:45+00:00 August 28th, 2018|

By: Nancy Niessen As I was pondering writing a post about Step 4 of Shanker Self-Reg, I began to reflect on stressors in the different domains for both my mother and I on the days she goes to medical appointments, when there are many stressors for both of us. This [...]

16 08, 2018

Be Who You Are

By | 2018-08-16T07:38:17+00:00 August 16th, 2018|

In this personal vlog, Susan talks about neurodiversity, “weirdness” and individuality. She explains how her thinking about "normal" has changed and broadened over the years, and also relates an anecdote about a situation where her daughter was quite comfortable with making a choice that worked for her, even though it [...]

26 07, 2018

Two Big Takeaways from SRSS 2018

By | 2018-07-23T15:16:20+00:00 July 26th, 2018|

Well, it was yet another amazing Self-Reg Summer Symposium this year! My head is still spinning with some of the things I saw and heard, and the people I met. I wanted to share my thoughts about a couple of ideas that jumped out at me from Stuart’s “Luminary Sessions” [...]

24 07, 2018

How Many Children in the Dramatic Play Centre?

By | 2018-07-20T11:25:52+00:00 July 24th, 2018|

By: Lisa Cranston, Ed.D. When I first began teaching kindergarten many years ago, my teaching partner and I spent the summer setting up the classroom with a wide variety of learning centres – block play, dramatic play, water table, book centre, playdough table, and so on. Once the classroom was [...]

19 07, 2018

Temper-Mindful: The Sweet & Subtle Wisdom of Chocolate

By | 2018-07-19T10:47:19+00:00 July 19th, 2018|

By: Susan Plummer Over the years I have tried to meditate many times using various techniques, including listening to tapes and soothing music, looking at a flickering candle, using alternate nostril breathing and many more. I always found that I felt more anxious and stressed once I'd finished than I had [...]

12 07, 2018

Does It Take Just a Minute To Make a Difference?

By | 2018-07-18T12:30:34+00:00 July 12th, 2018|

Sometimes I realize how quickly things can change. Everything is going well, until it's not. Before I took the Foundations 1 Course, I remember having many conversations with educators and administrators about students in my classroom. I often made comments, such as, "I never saw that response coming." "He/she changed [...]

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