Day 25 (of 184) self regulation
Last night started me on a lot of thinking about self regulation. On twitter, #bcedchat had a forum talking about anxiety and self regulation. Lots of discussion around how many students exhibit anxiety and have a need to learn self regulation strategies.
It continued today with a phone call north to a school district that was home to some new students of ours. A quick mention of self regulation led to a discussion about how SR was one of our school goals and how he has a family member that is closely connected to the anxietybc website. It’s full of great resources including videos that I have used as a teacher and as a dad.
It is impressive how many resources that are available – many of which have been used to inspire us to create our model self-regulation classroom – a room that has a wide variety of fidgets, chewlery and other ‘changes’ to the classroom with hopes that educators from outside of our school will visit and see some tools and strategies in action with real live students. But it might take a bit as we get our students used to the room – ironically there are so many self regulation tools available that they are quite distracting to our students who want to try them all!
But some of our key resources continue to be:
Friends for Life
The work of Stuart Shanker
Regulated breathing (we breathe as a school with the morning announcements and again after lunch)
A repurposed Learning Assistance Room which is now set up with a variety of ‘resets’ from a sand table and draw/paint station to a touch center and other ‘quick and easy’ interventions.
We are still exploring the connection of sound (bringing in voice amplification systems) and working to better identity triggers and strategies for our students to be successful.
As our school goal states: to help our learners know what to do when they don’t know what to do.