The Relationship Between Self-Regulation and Executive Function

In the rapidly growing exploration of the self-regulation framework, people often ask us to discuss the relationship between self-regulation and Executive Functions. This is such an important topic, particularly as enhancing self-regulation serves as critical foundation for the effectiveness of EFs. Self-regulation looks at the effect of arousal – biological, emotional, and social – on EFs. In... [Read more...]

Reflections from a “New Wave” Leader

Reflections from a “New Wave” Leader

  As district initiatives related to self-regulation continue, the initial phase of uptake and support was referred to as the “First Wave.”  Of course, there was lots of interest from other classrooms and schools to get involved and they became the “New Wave.”  Here is a brief comment from one of the fine educators who is responsible for supporting those First Wave and New Wave teachers... [Read more...]

It’s Smartest to Co-Regulate!

It’s Smartest to Co-Regulate!

Our friend Paula Jurczak, who is leading the self-reg on line book club option for a number of communities, continues to do wonderful work in helping people access learning and activate strategies that will make a difference for children.  The chart is one of the tools she has created.  It’s a great reminder for us as educators, as parents and as people who sometimes need to do a little “check... [Read more...]

Scanning the District – West Vancouver

Scanning the District – West Vancouver

Checking in on what our leaders are writing about gives a great sense of the current topics and issues percolating in our schools.  In the age of encouraging our students to be public digital writers, we are so  fortunate to have a number of our leaders modeling the way.  What is so interesting is that the ideas from our schools are influencing each other and one feels the diffusion of new ideas... [Read more...]

Sparks Brain Bike

Sparks Brain Bike

One size does not fit all in teaching, learning or most of life’s adventures, so it is always interesting  to see how various people are using the self-regulation framework to re-shape the learning environment for children.  In Nova Scotia, there is a growing movement to use spin bikes as a classroom resource: not for every student and not all the time, but as a way to help up-regulate or down-regulate... [Read more...]

KidsAttuned.org

KidsAttuned.org

Early childhood educators, parents of young kids and all of us who are interested in human development will see articles and videos of interest thanks to the Kids Attuned organization. It is a virtual village of interdisciplinary professionals and parents working together to advance understanding of the importance of healthy relationships in all infants and young children’s development. Such... [Read more...]

Letters from the Field – Spin Bikes in the Classroom

Letters from the Field – Spin Bikes in the Classroom

We have recently highlighted the impact of spin bikes and other new/non-traditional classroom resources that help kids self-regulate. In Halifax, and growing in other communities, the team from Sparks Fly (see previous post Sparks-Fly) have supported the introduction of the spin bikes, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Here’s a note from a Grade 4 teacher reflecting on her kids’... [Read more...]

Self-Reg Book Clubs – Let us know what you think.

Self-Reg Book Clubs – Let us know what you think.

The CSRI team is working to coordinate and share information about self-regulation programs and practices from across Canada, to explain the five-domain stress model and to suggest techniques that have been shown to significantly enhance the effectiveness of these programs. In September 2013, Paula Jurczak convened an on-line book club for BC educators using Stuart Shanker’s book Calm, Alert and... [Read more...]

Changing the make-up of Canada’s Classrooms

Changing the make-up of Canada’s Classrooms

 Transforming tiny terrors with ‘self-regulation’ might change the makeup of Canada’s classrooms. Dr. Stuart Shanker, a noted child psychologist will be in Ottawa on Thursday, March 27, 2014 to share a new method with parents and teachers on how to better deal with behavioural issues in the classroom and at home. Supplied photo. QMI File photo. By Aedan Helmer, Ottawa Sun First posted: ... [Read more...]

CSRI Webinar 13: Brenda Whittam-Neary

CSRI Webinar 13: Brenda Whittam-Neary

Nanaimo Celebrations in Self-Regulated Learning.  Brenda Whittam-Neary.  Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District #68.          


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