We start every day with 30 minutes of fitness activities. Rain or shine, before anyone takes of their coats, we head outside for a 2 km walk or run (minimum). We have a bark mulch trail which goes around the outside of our forest and playground which is about .5km in length. I recommend this Walk and Talk time and my #1 strategy for promoting and encouraging self-regulation. This gives me time to connect with students, allows friends to meet and catch up and gives students who need to wake up or run off energy a chance to do just that. Inbetween laps we do other exercises and stretches just to keep things interesting. If students finish in time - we head under cover to play a game of handball or soccer. Our focus is on the 3 Fs - FUN, FRIENDSHIP AND FITNESS!
This is my fourth year as a District Behaviour Support and Intervention teacher with the New Westminster School District. My focus is on students who are having serious challenges with self-regulation across many domains - biological, emotional, cognitive, social and prosocial - at school, at home and in the community. My role is to provide support to teachers and teams to create an environment for success for the student.