Changing Gears: Bikes as Learning Tools

A big shout out to our friends in Nova Scotia who are taking a big lead (lapping the field!!) in their work to bring productive and positive physical activity into the classroom.  Their Spark Bike program is helping some kids to up-regulate and others to down-regulate.  It is interesting to hear stories from teachers about how socially responsible kids are when they are using these new resources.... [Read more...]

Screen Time and the Human Brain: Too Much…Much Too Soon

Around the year 2000, I heard John Abbott speak in Vancouver.  John is a world-renowned educator with a tireless passion for learning and for helping us recognize and activate the potential in every child.  If you are involved in the education sector, you know John Abbott.  If you aren’t directly involved, you may well have heard him or heard of him.  His wisdom is deep and wide and the relevance... [Read more...]

Diagnosis: ADHD; Prescription: Nature

For an interesting read, try these two Angela Hanscom Washington Post blog articles linked below.  They do a thought-provoking job of highlighting one of the key issues in our self-regulation learning journey.  Too often, the adult world, including its schools, expects kids to exhibit what is often referred to as “self-control” – a label that puts too many eggs in one basket, believing that... [Read more...]

The Fourth R : Keynote Address

The Fourth R : Keynote Address

It was a pleasure to welcome participants from BC and across the country to The Fourth R: a Conference on Self-Regulation.    Thanks to West Vancouver School District and the organizing committee the day was a great success with key note address by Dr. Stuart Shanker and a variety of break out sessions in the morning and afternoon. Presentations will soon be available to all those who registered.

Self-Reg as important as ABCs and 123s

Self-Reg as important as ABCs and 123s

The article by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Vinaya Rajanis in the Huffington Post adds another step in understanding the self-regulation framework and its many facets.  As is often true, authentic stories help with concept attainment.  Self-regulation starts in infancy, but it’s never too late…Enjoy the article and share it with others who are engaged in a learning community that recognizes... [Read more...]

Youth Mental Health – Today’s Challenge

Youth Mental Health – Today’s Challenge

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of working with a group of parents of young people with mental health issues.  They are part of an organization called F.O.R.C.E. and  I was honoured to speak at their spring conference and share the self-regulation framework and its potential application to their children and the challenges they face.  The session went well; people were engaged with the... [Read more...]

Heart-Mind Challenge: Alert and Engaged

Heart-Mind Challenge: Alert and Engaged

Our friends at the Dalai Lama Centre have provided a clear and honouring overview of the importance of self-regulation.  It is good to see how many individuals and organizations are now recognizing the importance of self-regulation as a key component to a quality life, right from the early years.  Enjoy this DLC blog post.

How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain

How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain

  In the Atlantic’s latest issue, there is a thoughtful article about the impact of self-regulation on kids’ development, short term and longer.  As we often find in the self-reg journey, neuroscience is now able to explain some of what we knew through experience, intuition or trial and error.  This is another of “what we know must influence what we do” moments.  It changes life... [Read more...]

CBC Radio IDEAS: Dr. Shanker podcast

CBC Radio IDEAS: Dr. Shanker podcast

For all of us who benefit from Stuart Shanker’s teaching and wisdom, this new IDEAS podcast is a wonderful resource.  He catches us up on research, on our responses to stress levels and on the difference self-regulation is making.  

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