Day 172 (Of 183) more important than IQ
That’s what Educational thinkers like Stuart Shanker says around the value of self-regulation.
I like some of the definitions to “better understand” what self regulation is (and it is so much more than breathing!!) and @stuartshanker does a nice job identifying what so many elements of mental wellness (anxiety, depression etc etc) do a masterful job of distracting us from:
- Attain, maintain, and change ones level of energy to match the demands of s task or situation
- Monitor, evaluate, and modify ones emotions
- Sustain and shift ones attention when necessary and ignore distractions
- Understand both the meaning of a variety of social interactions and how to engage them in a sustained way
- Connect with and care about what others are thinking and feeling – to empathize and act accordingly
None of these are easy….but they are attributes that many of the best learners have! So we need all learners to have them!
It’s important to remember (especially at the traditional end of the school year) that self-regulation can become increasingly difficult, no matter how many tools people are supposed to have at their disposal even when it’s really easy to list them when not under stressful moments.
So a reminder: don’t be distracted by some of the behaviours that students are demonstrating and get to the root of the problem. The students “asking to be expelled” (as one student asked me today) usually has a non-obvious reason (and they did – but I won’t breach their confidence) that they don’t want to deal with…..even though they need to deal with it.
We need to remind ourselves again (even at the wind-up of the year) that every day still counts, and if the students aren’t in a 5S ready-to-learn condition….(sustenance, sleep, shelter, safety, self-reg) they can’t – not won’t…..can’t and that is a huge difference!