We had a wonderful time at the Spring Chapter Event in Richmond on Saturday, March 2 at the Sheraton Hotel. School districts from all over the province, including Haida Gwaii, Prince George, Creston, Peace River South, from the north end of Vancouver Island to the south, Cranbrook, Surrey, Vancouver and many more were represented. We talked about what inspired us as teachers and in turn we were inspired by others.
Deb Butler’s presentation on Self-Regulation in Reading address questions such as; What is “self-regulation”? How can teachers support self-regulation? How can practices supportive of self-regulation also support diverse learners?
“We are in the midst of a revolution in educational thinking and practice. Scientific advances in a number of fields point to a similar argument – that how well students do in school can be determined by how well they are able to self-regulate.”
On October 19, 2012 Dr. Stuart Shanker addressed the audience of teachers gathered at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver for the annual British Columbia Primary Teacher’s Association Conference.
He spoke to us about his five-domain model of self regulation which includes:
1. The Biological Domain: how you respond to stimuli at a biological level.
2. The Emotional Domain: how you deal with strong feelings
3. The Cognitive Domain: how you process, store and retrieve information.
4. The Social Domain: how you understand and respond to social cues.
5. The Prosocial Domain: how you demonstrate positive social skills like empathy.
Teachers need to help children move towards managing their own self-regulation. Successful selfregulators know how to:
1)Feel calm and alert and know what it feels like
2)Know the signs of stress and what causes it.
3) Have a desire to deal with those stressors.
4) Recognize stressors both inside and outside of the classroom.
5) Develop strategies to deal with stressors.
6) Be able to recover efficiently and effectively from stressors.
Teachers left the keynote inspired and interested to put his ideas to practice.
The British Columbia Primary Teacher’s Association BCPTA
Examines the BC Education Plan
The British Columbia Primary Teacher’s Association continues to support the philosophy of the “Primary Program A Framework for Teaching (2000).” The “Principles of Learning” (The 1994 Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education Plan) still guide us today:
• Learning requires active participation of the student.
• People learn in a variety of ways and at different rates.
• Learning is both an individual and a group process.
We set out to view the BC Education Plan through the lens of the Primary Document: A Framework for Teaching (2000) and the “Principles of Learning”.