More of what we know influencing what we do.
Changing times, different decisions and norms, all based on what we now know about learning, the brain and how schools need to flex to meet individual needs. Read Principal Judy Duncan’s post here: http://bit.ly/1lhG36Q as she reflects on “then and now.” Her school is a different place as she, her staff and the community process the learning relationship through a self-regulation lens. There are fewer rules, more guidelines; less “No” and more “Let’s see how that might work.” Pogo sticks in the playground? Why not?? Take a look at the brain scan below and just think about those kids, bouncing in from recess to Math class. Active bodies = active brains. Active brains = learning brains. Pretty simple Math.
Capacity Building: Colleague to Colleague and School to Home
We really appreciated participation by West Bay Elementary School at the recent CSRI Round Table. They shared their own work and spoke of the efforts of other leading sites in West Vancouver School District, a lighthouse organization that has embedded self-regulation as one of its pillars for student success through effective governance, leadership and management.
West Bay has engaged with the self-regulation framework in a significant way over the past 2+ years. The team has created focused staff development, strategy sharing and resource development to enhance their understanding and application of self-reg. As is true for implementing any significant initiative, there is also a culture of supported risk taking and collegial appreciative enquiry in their journey. Another essential element is its effort to engage parents in an understanding and application of self-regulation to bring neurophysiology to the classroom and the home.
Quality home-school links rely on many factors, not the least of which is common language that is well understood by parents and staff. The attached Domains Chart, based on the work of Dr. Stuart Shanker, is an example of that. Take a look at the clear and comprehensive overview it provides and imagine how this resource can be a highly effective aid to home-school communications.
Thanks to West Bay Elementary for sharing. We will post examples from other West Vancouver schools and from sites around the province over the next few weeks. Capacity building is a shared effort and all learners should benefit.
School Start Up: New Friends, Active Learning, Unlimited Potential, and... Stress
The beginning of the school year is an iconic part of the annual calendar. From new classes to new clothes to re-discovering routines that have faded over the summer, there is plenty going on, most of it good and some of it a bit daunting. As parents and educators get ready for the bell to ring, they often reach out for resources to help them help their students and families. Here are a couple that may be of interest.
The Psychology Foundation of Canada has developed a series called “Kids Have Stress Too,” http://bit.ly/1O0PHDf a resource that acknowledges that while stress is normal, many kids don’t have the life experiences or support systems to deal productively with what is stressing them. Overwhelming stress - whether the result of a single traumatic stressor or a barrage of stressors coming all at once - debilitates the youngster. Their capacity to return to a more balanced, productive state (calm, focused and alert) often depends on the adults in their lives to help them re-establish an equilibrium. The “Kids Have Stress Too” series of webinars is a good refresher for parents, early childhood educators and teachers as we open the doors to another school year.
Another new resource that supports children and the adults in their lives is What if I… by author Mary-Catherine Bailey-McKenna. Her engaging and attractively illustrated book is the second in a series and supports emotional and social skill development, recognition of some of the common stressors in kids’ lives, and tips to break the cycle. In addition to being an author, Mary-Catherine is a psychologist who works in private and public settings including schools. She is also a webinar presenter for CSRI on a growing range of topics.
The book is available by clicking the image of the cover below. You can also enter coupon code tenCSRI to receive a 10% discount through CSRI.
Self-Regulation and the Post-Secondary Connection
Earlier this summer, I met a 3rd year Psychology and Criminology major at a self-regulation symposium. Travis Francis is deeply committed to increasing a focus by post-secondary institutions on student mental health and the need for self-regulation strategies. His brief paper/call to action outlines some of the reasons for his concerns. His voice and those of others in his fields of study are behind a “Reach Your Potential” initiative he is launching. More about that on the CSRI site in the weeks to come.
Read Travis' article here.
Children who learn to respond to stress in a healthy and constructive way early on, are more resilient and better able to cope with whatever life sends their way.
That is the raison d’être for the publication Stress Lessons Parent’s Guide produced and shared by the Psychology Foundation of Canada www.psychologyfoundation.org This free resource...
…is part of the title of a web post by Dr. Mike Evans. I enjoy reading his articles. They so often connect to self-regulation and reinforce what more and more people are beginning to understand....
We are really pleased to Introduce another new webinar: Promoting Mental Wellness Through Self-Regulation from our colleagues in West Vancouver School District as they work...
As the self-regulation movement gains momentum in BC, one of the leading school districts in the “First Wave” of this initiative is West Vancouver School District. The team...
…is part of the concluding comments by Mary-Catherine Bailey-McKenna in a new webinar linked here. http://bit.ly/1eJO3dO....