Saskatchewan Bulletin Columns
Thursday, July 9, 2020
After an incredibly challenging year, your summer vacation may be the ideal time to unwind with a professional book or two. Here are some personal favourites.
The capacity of people to regulate their own behaviour has increasingly been the focus of attention for many researchers. In Self-Reg Schools: A Handbook for Educators, Stuart Shanker and Susan Hopkins state that self-reg involves managing stress and tension across five domains that include biological, emotion, cognitive, social and prosocial. Their framework consists of reframing the behaviour, recognizing the stressors, reducing the stress, reflecting upon and enhancing stress awareness and responding in personalized ways to foster restoration and resilience. In his subsequent book, Reframed: Self-Reg for a Just Society, Shanker discusses the broader social applicability of self-regulation and acknowledges that some of the writings of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, among other writers, influenced his ideas about a just society. The book pulls together research on neuroscience, human development, educational theory and philosophy to illustrate how education can help create a calm and balanced environment and a just society that nurtures the potential of every child.
Monday, July 6, 2020
REGINA–Ten schools in Saskatchewan will each receive a $10,000 grant to support student nutrition after being selected to win this year’s Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Judging by the response on the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation social media pages, there were plenty of educators out there who had cast an eye on the contribution of Shayna Zubko in the May digital version of the Saskatchewan Bulletin.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
In the middle of March, something very interesting happened in education. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, our schools were closed and remote/supplemental learning began. The virtual classroom became the only classroom for our students. The conditions of closures included students moving on to the next grade, “bumped” to a pass if need be, receiving the grade they had up until that point or engaging in supplementary learning with an opportunity to improve one’s standing.
Considering the worldwide impact of COVID-19, there was not a lot of time and options available. There was also not a lot of time to prepare students for the supplemental learning/virtual classroom experience. The words uncharted and unprecedented have been used to describe this entire situation, and the world of education has not been an exception.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
It’s a refrain you hear often these days–who knows how the future will unfold given the fact you’re almost led to wonder if the world really is round like they have been telling us all these years.
So if we can agree that there are precious few guarantees when it comes to gazing into the crystal ball, suppose I dedicate this space to something that I do know about. Take a journey with me, if you will, retracing some of the amazing folks I have met during the past school year–and yes that includes the last few months when visits to actual schools have been few and far between.
I can tell you that as different as many of the situations I have experienced in various parts of this vast province are on the surface, there are undeniably a few traits that teachers share. Let’s be up front about this–it is a truism that it is not my practice to seek out mediocrity when it comes to trying to fill the pages or the screens of the Saskatchewan Bulletin. Be that as it may, it is not hyperbole to suggest that there are some truly remarkable teachers among the 13,500 who share this profession in Saskatchewan.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Originally, Tanzy Janvier envisioned perhaps sending a few boxes of food and other much-needed materials to family and friends in her hometown of La Loche.
As a community that has often struggled with a myriad of challenges already, it suddenly found itself at the epicentre of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Janvier felt helpless as she was in Saskatoon and unable to go home due to travel restrictions.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Although hardly what you would usually encounter in a school gymnasium, the scores of stuffed black bags poignantly underscored two things simultaneously: a school is very much the heart of the community and with the provincewide closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these are different times.
The scene was Westmount School on Saskatoon’s west side, and the gym was the temporary distribution point for the Cheer Crate campaign, initiated by the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation in collaboration with Saskatoon Public Schools.
The aforementioned bags were stuffed with not only food, but also learning materials and a host of more fun-filled items such as sidewalk chalk, skipping ropes and bubbles. The packages were destined for more than 500 families from 31 schools in the city.