Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day: Resources to Support Youngsters in Complex Environments
Over the past few years, there has been a tremendous uptick in resources - people, information, programs and other supports - to build our understanding and application of self-regulation strategies in the classroom and at home. As teachers, parents and other human services professionals, we were all raised in a different era without the advantage of recent breakthroughs in brain science research and without the increasing connection between neurophysiology and quality learning environments. In the absence of all of that new learning, it’s likely that we would teach as we were taught and parent as we were parented, for better or worse, even with the best of intentions.
Look inside a school today and you see focused attention on supporting and sustaining social-emotional learning & wellness in all its facets. There’s a commitment to Growth Mindsets, Youth Mental Health and Differentiated & Engaging Learning. Schools have become far greater “Action Research hubs,” light years ahead of the isolated teaching environments that sometimes existed in the past. Teachers, administrators and education assistants work together to address real issues, using a communities of practice approach that takes what they know and applies it to what they do, monitoring and adjusting as they go.
At CSRI, we support that journey in individual schools, districts and regions, via live sessions, webinars and other content development. We also work collaboratively to address one of the greatest challenges: to link home and school so that parents and educators are on the same page regarding self-regulation strategies in order for children to gain maximum benefit.
With that in mind, it is good to see that accessible parent resources are increasing. One resource group that is reaching out to parents is Collective Therapy http://collectivetherapy.ca. Their team has developed a series of parent on-line workshops, bringing the notion of Action Research to the home as well as to the school. Feedback from participants has been extremely positive, with parents appreciating the knowledge base provided by the resource people and also valuing the sense of community as they work together in facilitated, scaffolded learning and dialogue. We look forward to sharing more from Collective Therapy as they continue to develop their opportunities for connection and their support for every child, every chance, every day.
How Flipping Your Lid Becomes a Teachable Concept
Building on his self-regulation strategies webinar (Part 1), West Vancouver vice principal Nathan Blackburn tells us about “Flip Your Lid” (Part 2). http://bit.ly/1PT7s6Q This webinar shares what became a favourite and highly successful lesson for kids in his school. They learned the basics of neurophysiology, how they could become more aware of what is good for their minds and bodies, and how they could get in better touch with their feelings and develop the capacity to curb impulses and think before acting. More and more, the understanding and application of self-regulation is foundational to how individuals, classrooms and schools are functioning.
Practical Strategies for a Self-Regulated Classroom
We are often asked “what does it look like?” when neuroscience really makes a difference in our educational practices. How do teachers and entire school staffs take the theory and turn it into a new normal for their learning environments? Many thanks to West Vancouver vice principal Nathan Blackburn for his webinar on how the self-reg story developed in his school. http://bit.ly/1ns3Bap
It is making a real difference. Enjoy Nathan’s brief overview of that journey - 17 minutes well worth investing.
Seven Strategies for 2016: Self-Reg Tips for Parents and Teachers
With a new year well underway and some of those overly ambitious resolutions fading, let’s think about practical, achievable and very positive self-regulation resolutions for the rest of this year and beyond. Here are seven that can make a real difference for kids and for adults:
THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL: Children the Heart of the Matter
Adele Diamond’s keynote at this upcoming conference in Surrey, one of Canada’s fastest growing and youngest communities, highlights how we can make the biggest difference for our kids and their futures. Brain development research informs us on the variables that promote self-regulation and other attributes to support children’s development and capacity to thrive. Everything we know today, as human service providers and parents, should influence how we lead, guide and support the next generation from infancy through childhood.
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.
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