Part 1: Analysis of Context
1. What do we know about our learners?
Bonaccord Elementary is a large school in the Guildford/Fleetwood area of North Surrey. As an area characterized by growth and densification, our school community is culturally diverse with over 46 languages spoken in the home. 48% of our students are English Language Learners. A growing number of families benefit from the support services provided through our district Community School Partnerships. Our Breakfast Club, Attendance Matters and Jumpstart Programs and more recently, a district lunch program are a few examples of this support. Bonaccord is also home to an Intensive Literacy Support Program in which many of the students attend from outside of catchment. Our students also benefit from the fundraising efforts of our hardworking PAC resulting in enhanced programming at the school. As part of the School Plan process, staff engaged in a school scan to determine what we currently know about our learners.
Information about student perceptions were collected from our most recent MDI (Middle Years Development Index) as well as our Grade 4&7 Learning Surveys completed in 2021. Students report a positive connectedness to adults and peers at school. Student self-reporting of optimism, empathy, self esteem and happiness appear to be on par with other schools in the district. Beliefs about a positive school climate and school sense of belonging were rated slightly above district norms.
Student perception about academic self-concept was slightly below the school district average. In the past, teachers noted that though our students were generally hard-workers, they did not often take risks in their learning.
In general, teachers described Bonaccord students as friendly, cooperative and respectful learners who arrive at school happy and willing to learn. As a result of a long-standing effort to teach socially responsible behaviour, students appear to have a clear understanding and adherence to school expectations based on our Bonaccord STARS MOTTO initiated in 2006. We also see improved application and understanding of self-regulation strategies among our students as a result of our most recent school goal initiated in 2018. With classroom strategies in place, it is time to identify a new school focus.
2. What evidence supports what we know about our learners?
Reflecting on the success of our school goal targeting Self-Regulation, evidence will be collected during the year to determine a focus for a new school plan.
Social Emotional Learning(SEL) is now recognized as a foundational set of skills necessary for mental health, academic achievement and later life success. These skills, identified in our redesigned curriculum as Personal and Social Responsibility, are intended to be developed throughout a child’s K-12 education.
Due to a priority of COVID protocols, blended learning classes our staff maintained the goal of Self Regulation as a critical area of focus.
Results of the Grade 4 and 7 MDI ( Middle Years Development Instrument)
- 85% of Grade 4 and 92% of Grade 7 students reported the ability to adapt their behaviour to achieve a goal in the future
- 93% of Grade 4 and 87% of Grade 7 students reported the ability to adapt their behaviour or emotions to meet an immediate goal.
Our shared focus this year was to continue our efforts to provide explicit instruction on self-regulation language and related exploration of self regulation strategies and tools in our classrooms.
- Zones of Regulation continued to provide a common language to describe our energy levels and emotions
- Students are becoming increasingly more familiar with classroom tools and strategies to maintain focus on their learning.
Zones of Regulation language incorporated into curriculum learning
Zones of Regulation Language and Visuals are posted in our classrooms. Students continue to use the colours (Zones) to describe their emotions and energy levels. This common language is also used to respond to Literacy. Click on the image to view the full image.
A Reflection from one of our Learning Support Teachers
One of our reading assessment stories contains a question that has been notoriously difficult for students to answer. It involves thinking about the character’s actions in the story beyond the literal context; his reaction to an awful haircut by his parents and his attitude as his hair grows out despite being afraid the other kids will laugh at him. The question is: What kind of kid is Edwin? … Most of the time the students will require further prompting or explanation to understand what is being asked. Without zone prompting, this particular student showed no hesitation in responding with zones language. He described the character as being in the yellow zone—sad/surprised/nervous upon first seeing himself in the mirror. Then in response to what kind of kid is Edwin, again without hesitation responded, “He’s a green zone kind of kid. He was happy for having the wig hat as he waited for his haircut to grow out and he just said not to let his parents cut his hair anymore.” …This particular student is one who has been LST supported and was challenged in past with going beyond the literal sense when responding to character motivation questions. It is apparent that the zones have really supported his understanding with this aspect of his reading comprehension. So exciting to observe!
Classroom Focus Tools
Classroom self-regulation tools are available for students to help minimize visual and auditory distractions. Students choose to use these tools to help with focus and for calming.
Mindful breathing has taken many forms in our classrooms this year.
Using a Hoberman Sphere as a Breathing Tool
Students practice mindful breathing using the visual supports of a Hoberman Sphere. (Click on the video to view)
Listening-Connections with Nature
Learning to use all our senses to help self-regulate is a life skill. In the first photo, students were blindfolded and directed to a tree by a partner. They were required to feel the details of the tree with their hands before being led back to their starting position, where their blindfolds were removed. The final step was having students locate their tree by using their hands once again to feel for specific bumps and ridges . The next two images capture an activity where students were asked to practice the art of listening by recording all the sounds they could hear while sitting really still, focused and with a calm mind. Learning to listen is a tough, but important life skill that should be practiced regularly.
Active Listening in the Classroom
The first image captures students using a chime to practice the skill of active listening. The second image depicts grade 2 students using a talking stick to practice the skill of active listening during classroom discussions. The last image depicts Kindergarten students listening to Music using the “magic stone” challenge. Students put a glass stone on their foreheads and the goal is to lay still enough to keep it there for the entire relaxation time.
Video Of Mindful Listening Using A Chime
In the following video, a grade 5/6 teacher uses a chime to practice active listening. The chime is struck and students stand up when they can no longer hear the tone produced.
A Grade Two Teacher’s Reflection on the use of a Chime
- Students practice mindful breathing using the chime. We stay in this calm state after taking some breaths for the amount of time it takes for the chime to stop ringing after it is struck. The students enjoy it and always ask to do it a second time as they say they like the peaceful and restful feelings they have while sitting quietly. (Grade 2)
Student Reflections from an Audio Mindfulness Activity
- Grade Two students shared their thinking after participating in an audio mindfulness exercise, The Secret of the Heart Chamber from Sitting Still Like a Frog. https://www.shambhala.com/sittingstilllikeafrog/ . After the audio exercise was finished, students had time to let the exercise sink in. The quotes below are a few examples from their reflective discussion.
Dance, Fitness Stations and Yoga are depicted below. It is believed that physical activity prior to classroom learning improves focus.
Integrating Self-Regulation with Dance
An Art Starts Grant was applied for and awarded in December 2018, and the Mindful Dance Project, with choreographer Lisa Sars, began in January 2019. Students in Grade Two and Three were involved in a 6 week program exploring self-regulation and how their emotions can be translated into movement. Some of the classes chose to further explore Zones of Regulation and, specifically, how excitement levels (Red, Yellow, Blue and Green) could be reflected in both the students’ movements and in the music they selected to dance to.
Positive self-talk is a strategy used to build persistence and focus with difficult tasks. Positive self-talk is like telling our brain the positive things that it needs to hear in order to overcome negative thoughts. In the Heart image, students made a list of the positive things they do in their day.
Drumming and Dance
This year our enhancement worker and counsellor explored calming strategies through Drumming and Dance.
Additional Evidence of Growth
Zones Language Classroom Assessment
- 100% can name the 4 Zones identified in our Zones of Regulation Program and can name at least one emotion for each zone
- 67% can identify correctly three emotions for each zone. This is up from 24% last spring.
- 82% can correctly name the energy level for each zone
- 88% can identify at least 1 strategy to improve focus; 55% can identify 3 or more strategies. This is up from 24% last spring.
- Students reported a number of frequently used strategies to maintain/improve focus listed from most to least reported: focused breath (33); headphones (21); movement (17); privacy screen (9); water consumption (10); and music (6)
Ministry Learning Survey
Questions were added to the ministry survey for grades 4 and 7 to determine student awareness and understanding of self-regulation practice in our school.
- Every student in Gr. 4 and 7 indicated that they are able to indicate what zone they are in when they are at school.
- 86% of Gr.4 and 7 students indicated that they are able to use a strategy at school to ‘calm down.’
The ministry portion of the survey also provided us with additional insights about our students’ well-being:
- Only 73% of Gr.4’s and 59% of Grade 7’s report that they have breakfast every day.
- Only 29% of Gr.7 students report having a good night’s sleep each night; and 44% of Gr.4’s indicate that they wake up tired each day.
- 52% of Gr. 7’s report feeling some stress/anxiety at school; 37% of Gr. 4’s reported feeling stress/anxiety. This is lower than the District average but still concerning for our staff.
- Only 34% of Gr. 7’s and 31% of Gr.4’s reported getting more than 2.5 hours of exercise per week.
As healthy habits play an integral role in students’ ability to self-regulate; staff are concerned with the results noted above.
Parent Survey Results
- 77% of parents reported that their child uses ‘Zones’ language at home occasionally/regularly.
- 76% of parents reported a positive change in their child’s ability to recover from upset.
- Parents reported a variety of self-regulation strategies used by their children including positive self-talk (38%); quiet spot (35%); focused breathing (29%); exercise (26%); and Goal-setting (20%)
- 89% of parents surveyed indicated an interest in attending an information night at the school to learn more about self-regulation
Our focus question for the 2017-2018 year was as follows: How can we help our students become aware of and learn to become focused learners? How can we incorporate this learning into our ongoing work with core competency language; particularly the personal self awareness areas.
Evidence of Self-Regulation Language and Visuals in our Classrooms:
- Teachers are using a variety of self-regulation resources including MindUp, 2nd Step, Zones of Regulation, online tools and picture books to explicitly teach self-regulation language and strategies in their classroom.
- The vast majority of enrolling teachers have ‘self-regulation’ visuals posted in their classroom.
- The most commonly utilized visual, based on staff consensus, is the Zones of Regulation.
- Self-regulation visuals are noted in other areas of the school including the music room, library, LST rooms, the school office and childcare worker spaces.
- Our Bonaccord Kindergarten Team participated in a pilot project to introduce and teach SEL practices to parents of children entering Kindergarten through our ‘Welcome to Kindergarten Event’.
The following images depict a visual presence of self-regulation language and instruction in our classrooms:
Evidence of Self-Regulation Practice:
- The majority of classroom teachers noted that they frequently use the ‘Zones’ language and visuals to increase focus in their classroom.
- The vast majority of classroom teachers were either ‘dabbling’ or using a specific resource consistently
- The majority of non-enrolling teachers commented that they hear students using the “Zones” language to describe their energy levels.
- Every non-enrolling staff member reported that they have seen students using self-regulation strategies at least a few times during pull-out learning sessions.
The following images provide examples of self-regulation practice in our classrooms-
Evidence Collected Through Teacher Assessment:
Teachers observed students during the fall term to identify three students who appeared to be in one of the first 3 self-regulation ‘zones’ for large portions of the day. These selected students provided us with a cross section of the student population from K-7.
- Blue Zone: Tired/sad/unengaged
- Green Zone: Calm and alert/ focused/ engaged
- Yellow Zone: fidgety/anxious/distracted
Teachers monitored the identified students’ responses to explicit teaching and practice in the language and strategies of self-regulation.
Students completed a spring assessment to determine their understanding of the ‘Zones’ language. The responses from our target group ( 66 students) showed promise across all grade levels.
- 98% of students could accurately name the 4 zones of self-regulation
- 100% of students could identify at least one feeling and 24% could name more than three feelings for each zone.
- 74% could accurately name the energy level associated with each zone
- 92% could identify at least one strategy and 24% could name more than 3 strategies to maintain/improve focus.
Evidence of Self-Assessment relating to our Core Competency language:
Students are showing an increasing awareness and vocabulary in relation to self-regulation. Please see our student quotes in section 7-Celebrating Success.
This year our grade four students completed the Middle Years Development Instrument which is a self-report (survey) that asks children about their thoughts, feelings and experiences in school and in the community. Bonaccord students’ perceptions about the long term self-regulation skills were in keeping with the district average. Their perception about short term self-regulation, or how well they can adapt behaviour or emotions (e.g. calming down,) is slightly above the district average.
2016-2017- Adjusting our Focus- Evidence:
During the 2016-2017 school year, our staff began to explore the competencies of Personal Responsibility and the potential these competencies might have in increasing our students’ ability to manage their emotions, to focus and ultimately, to take more ownership of their learning. As some of our teachers reported early success with SEL programming this year, our staff decided to collect information from our school community to identify an area of focus. Observations from classroom teachers, together with parent and student surveys revealed a consistent pattern.
The following is a summary of our findings:
A team of teachers joined our Focus Group (for school planning) to help explore the SEL needs at Bonaccord. This group met frequently to develop a plan to find out our school needs. They were involved in creating surveys, collecting and collating data, and narrowing our focus question to suit Bonaccord students’ needs.
A significant percentage of students experience difficulty with regulating their emotions, adjusting arousal levels, and maintaining focus at school.
Grade Six Student Survey:
Using the “Perform Well” Survey on Self-Regulation, Grade 6 students reported their individual perception as to their ability to regulate their emotions, set learning goals, and maintain focus on learning tasks. Students appeared to be confident in their ability regulate emotions, but less confident in their ability to set learning goals or maintain focus
Grade 1-5 Interviews:
Anecdotal comments were collected in response to questions addressing Personal Responsibility. Though the comments varied greatly, some common themes were identified:
-1/3 of our students reported have difficulty focusing
-Some of our students could identify strategies to self-regulate
-Students need support to develop self-awareness
-Noise was identified as a distractor
– Upsets from home and school affect ability to focus
-Students described ‘taking responsibility for learning’ as listening to the teacher and following instructions
-Students are aware of goal-setting, but did not really know why goals are important
-Students find it challenging to articulate a plan for a goal- ‘try harder’ is commonly used as a plan.
-There is a fear of making mistakes- avoid taking risks
160 parents responded to our survey regarding their child’s personal responsibility competencies. Completion of homework was often noted as evidence of a child taking responsibility for their learning. Parents also identified strategies used at home to support their child’s efforts to recover from upset. Though some parents noted independence in these areas, many reported the need for adult support. In addition to anecdotal comments, we asked parents to rate their child’s tendency to become easily upset, distracted or fidgety as these behaviours are indicators of self-regulation challenges.
Because the ability to focus on learning is dependent on the ability to manage our emotions and arousal levels, it is thought that supporting student growth with these competencies will have an overall positive effect on school success. Based on the responses from our students, our parents and our collective observations from staff, we believe a school focus on self-regulation is warranted.
Part 2: Focus and Planning
3. What focus emerges as a question to pursue?
FOCUS for 2021-2022
To gather current evidence about our learners to determine our next school focus
FOCUS for 2020-2021
Due to a priority of COVID protocols, blended learning classes our staff maintained the goal of Self Regulation as a critical area of focus.
FOCUS for 2019-2020
Overall good progress was made in terms of awareness levels with our students. Our next step will involve closing the gap between KNOWING and DOING.
To what extent will the explicit use of a self-regulation strategy prior to or during an academic task improve focus and productivity with that task?
4. What professional learning do we need?
Professional Learning 2021-2022
- Individual/Group Professional Development opportunities to expand current/best practice potential for staff development relating to student need
- Book Study Groups targeting potential areas of focus
Professional Learning 2020-2021
- New staff introduced to Zones of Regulation as a common language throughout our school
- Zones of Regulation, Mind UP, and 2nd Steps were offered to staff where appropriate
Professional Learning 2019-2020:
- Professional Development Summer Session on YOGA with children
- Professional Development Summer Session on GROWTH MINDSET
- September Professional Development Day Session: MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM
Professional Learning 2018-2019:
- Professional Development Day on Childhood Trauma
- Teacher Group Book Study – Mindset-The New Psychology of Success
- Review of the 5 Domain Model of Self Regulation (Stuart Shankar)
- Self-Regulation Environment Reflection Tool- ( MEHRIT centre)
Professional Learning 2017-2018:
- Explore and implement Evidence Based Programs- Second Step, Mind up, Zones of Regulation.
- Professional Development Day on addressing student anxiety
- Team Dinner Series on Social Emotional Learning topics
Professional Learning 2016-2017:
During this exploratory year we have already started with relevant Professional Development in the area of Self-Regulation. In November, we had a large group of staff members take part in a Book Study, Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness by Deborah Schoeberlein David. These teachers reflected on the chapters, tried new techniques and approaches, and shared their experiences with the group. Early in the fall, 5 classroom teachers were also supported by the SEL teacher using the Second Step Program and components of Mindfulness. During the May Pro-D last year, Taunya Shaw provided staff with an introductory presentation on self-regulation.
5. What is our plan?
- Identify a team of teachers to guide our inquiry process
- Gather information about our learners through classroom assessment, student/staff/parent surveys
- Provide dialogue opportunities at staff meetings and Administrative Planning Day resulting in an area of focus
- Create an initial Inquiry question to guide our work
Due to a priority of COVID protocols, blended learning classes our staff maintained the goal of Self Regulation as a critical area of focus.
Based on our exploratory work achieved last year, staff will pair a self-regulation strategy with an academic task to determine its effectiveness on improving student focus and productivity.
September Planning Day
- Review evidence and assessment collected during 2018-2019 school year; Identification of 1-3 specific strategies to pair with an Academic Task.
Action Plan Process
1. Teachers formed inquiry groups based on their curiosity around how the use of a specific self-regulation strategy would positively impact improved student focus on a task.
2. Inquiry questions were developed to guide our process using the following generic model: To what extent will (academic task output) increase when it is (preceded by/paired) with a (self-regulation Activity)
3. Common protocol such as duration of task, time of day, and number of trials were established
4. All groups to collect pre and post evidence in two ways:
- Completion of a Teacher Scan to measure observable on task/focus behaviours during the targeted academic task
- Collection of student output response as an additional measure of focus
- Collection of Baseline Productivity Data; Isolated specific practice with Identified strategy
- Parent Information Night
- Pairing of strategy with academic task 2-3x per week- Midway check-in at November Staff Meeting
- Post-Action evidence collected and shared at November Staff Meeting to determine next steps.
- Continued application of identified strategies
- Transitional Plans : Maintaining Strategies in place; dialogue towards new School Focus
An analysis of our 2017-2018 evidence was completed to determine our next steps. Based on this discussion an action plan was developed.
SCHOOL WIDE ACTION PLAN
- Continue to provide guided practice with self-regulation language and strategies
- Provide specific opportunities for students to internalize what calm focus looks like, feels like and sounds like. ( calm and alert vs. zoned out)
- Explore opportunities to building parent awareness and knowledge
OTHER GRADE LEVEL INQUIRY
- Teachers and students in Grades 2 and 3 will work with an Artist in Residence to explore self-regulation and emotions through Dance
- Our Intensive Literacy Program will explore the use of the “Natural World” as a self-regulating environment.
- Staff will identify a School Wide Strategy (Explicit Teaching of Arousal States) common to all programs. This strategy will be reinforced through classroom practice and other school structures such as monthly assemblies.
- Inquiry Teams explore professional reading and teaching resources intended for classroom use. Recommendations made to staff.
- Evidence collected from School Community (Parents, Teachers, Students) to determine focus
- Whole Staff introduction by Taunya Shaw (District SEL coordinator)
- Inquiry question established based on evidence collected and recommendations from inquiry team
Part 3: Reflect, Adjust, Celebrate
6. How will we know our plan is making a difference? (evidence / success criteria)
2018-2021 Self Regulation Goal – Criteria for Success
- Increased student awareness as to how their emotional and arousal states relate to their ability to focus
- increased student time on-task
- Increased student ability to set learning goals relating to school performance
Results from 2019-2020 Teacher Inquiry Questions
Teachers completed a ‘sprint’ to measure the degree of effectiveness that a self-regulation strategy would have on academic output. Baseline information was taken with data collected from Teacher observations of on-task behaviour and from student work. The Baseline activity did not include a self-regulation strategy. The final trial included a targeted self-regulation strategy that had been previously practiced with a variety of academic tasks.
Please note that students who were able to maintain a high level of academic output for both the baseline and final trial were not included in the percentages below. There is an assumption that, for these students, self-regulation strategies are already in place.
CALMING MUSIC K/1: To what extent does focus for a 5 minute timed colouring task increase when it is paired with relaxing music.
- 63% demonstrated improved focus
- 82% demonstrated improved output
- Results differed from one class to another
- This strategy was not as effective as hoped
CALMING MUSIC Gr. 5: To what extent does listening to music during an writing activity increase output
- 44% demonstrated improved focus
- 56% demonstrated improved output
- Worked for some but was distracting for others
- Would be interesting to explore different styles and volume of music
BREATHING– library Gr. 2: To what extent does deep breathing using a 4-4-8 cycle help to lengthen the ability to sit for the duration of a story.
- 100 % demonstrated improved focus
- Noticed significant improvement in students who were typically unfocused during story
BREATHING- Grade 2: To what extent will student journal writing output increase when it is preceded by 3-5 minutes of guided meditation with breathing technique?
- 45% demonstrated improved focus
- 18% demonstrated improved output
- May require more practice before change is observed; Noteable improvements observed in breathing technique noticed by 4th day of practice.
BREATHING- Grade 2: Does the focusing strategy of deep breathing and meditation preceding a written task, promote a longer write (# of words)?
- 65% demonstrated improved focus
- 91% demonstrated improved output
- Helped easily distracted students
- Explicit discussion around purpose might be helpful
BREATHING- Grade 4: Does the focusing strategy of triangular breathing preceding a written task, promote a longer write ?
- 38% demonstrated improved focus
- 38%% demonstrated improved output
- Students commented about feeling relaxed
- Results were influenced by writing topics provided
- Students who needed this tool the most seemed to be less engaged; more time to develop breathing technique would be helpful
OUTDOORS Gr. 4, 5, 6: To what extent will journal writing output be affected with 5 minutes of focused outdoor writing time?
- 67% demonstrated improved focus
- 70%% demonstrated improved output
- Outdoor space used was famliar to students
- They appeared off task but output increased
FOCUS CHIME– Grade 5 and 6: To what extent will journal writing output increase when the activity is preceded by a chime, and repeated at 7 minute intervals?
- 60% demonstrated improved focus
- 66%% demonstrated improved output
- Significant refocus when chime was used; though short-lived for some students
- Curious to see affects on a less structured learning activity
POSITIVE SELF TALK– Grade 5, Core French, and Primary LST : Will student writing output as measured by word count increase when it is preceded by class choral positive self-talk.
- 76% demonstrated improved focus
- 80 % demonstrated improved output
- It was effective because students can internalize it and reflect it
- Attitude toward writing improved- less groaning and complaining
- Students were using the language taught- they were proud of their work and focus
- This reinforces the notion that teaching positive language matters
GOAL SETTING- Grade 7: To what extent will student’s writing response increase after setting a goal ( # of words in a 15 minutes response goal) .
- 83% demonstrated improved focus
- 84%% demonstrated improved output
- Students seemed enthusiasm when writing was paired with a timed goal
- Students showed desire to increase focus and output \
- This might be useful for Math
POMODORO TIMER- Grade 3– To what extent will student’s writing output and focus improve with the use of an on-line timer?
- 99% demonstrated improved focus
- 86% demonstrated improved output
- This strategy is effective for activities where student independence is in place
- Next step would be to increase the time
- Strategy could be paired with another self-regulation tool
- Students were amazed at how much they could get done
7. Based on the evidence, does our inquiry require adjustment?
Family Self-Regulation Information Night
Bonaccord Families were invited to a Self-Regulation Information Night in October. The evening was designed as a way to present some of the strategies used in our classrooms and to communicate how these same strategies could be utilized to support their child at home. The evening began with an interactive Power Point session outlining our Zones of Regulation Focus. Families then chose two break-out sessions from the following choices
- Family Yoga
- I Can Calm- Movement Exercises
- How to Make a Glitter Bottle
- Creating a Self-Regulation Toolbox
- Positive Mindset
- Screen Time
Despite the rainy weather that evening, we were thrilled to share our information with over 170 participants. Families appeared to be appreciative of the information and enjoyed the format of the evening.
School Combined Results of Self-Regulation Strategies
Students Observed for On-Task Behaviour
Baseline data was collected through teacher observation of student On-Task behaviour during an academic task. Final data was collected when students completed an academic task supported with a targeted self-regulation strategy approximately one week day later. .
Of the students observed, 41% maintained a high level of on-task behaviour for both the baseline and final observation. This suggests that self-regulation strategies appear to be in place for these students. The following data only includes the students who did not show a high level of on-task behavior during the baseline observation. Of these students,
· 30% demonstrated a significant improvement in On-Task behaviour
· 33% demonstrated some improvement
· 38% demonstrated minimal or no improvement
Student Academic Output when Supported with a Self-Regulation Strategy
A baseline measurement of academic output was collected by students without the support of a targeted self-regulation strategy. A final measurement of academic output with the support of a targeted self-regulation strategy was collected approximately one week later.
Of the students completing the academic task, 25% maintained a high level of output for both baseline and final task, suggesting that self-regulation strategies and resulting focus appear to be in place for these students. The following data only includes the students who did not show a high level of output during the baseline task.
· 38% demonstrated a significant improvement in academic output when the output activity was supported with a self-regulation strategy
· 30% demonstrated some improvement
· 33% demonstrated little or no improvement
Next Steps for this year
- Continued practice with strategy to increase effectiveness
- Pair strategy in all curricular areas
- Consider alternate strategies who did not experience success with targeted strategy
Student year-end reflections indicate a growing awareness and application of self-regulation strategies:
- “When I count to 10 and breathe. This helps because then I don’t have to leave my desk so I can keep working on…it really helps” Gr. 7
- “When I was doing my writing I counted to 5 because I was scared. I got really focused then I could do it” Gr. 1
- “When I sit in a good spot on the carpet, I can listen better because I don’t get distracted.” Gr.
- “One time I use keeping my eyes on the teacher because it’s a good strategy because it helps me listen.” Gr. 4
- “The strategy that I find helps me the most is drinking water. This is the reason I have a water bottle at my desk every day. Water helps me relax because I can take a moment to stop what I’m doing just to take a sip of water. I use this strategy a lot. I even used it while doing this test.” Gr. 6
- “I sing to myself, and it helps me focus.” Gr.2
- “If you are really upset and can’t focus, you can use the breathing bottle. I like to use the breathing bottle because it helps me calm down. When your best friend tells a secret to all of the class.” Gr. 4
Staff met in September to review and discuss the evidence collected during 2017-2018 school year. We celebrated the following points:
- A common language used by students and staff to describe energy states and emotions has been established
- Growing evidence of self-regulation visuals, tools and strategies in our classrooms
- Increased teacher awareness of adult self regulation relation to wellness- Yoga, Wellness Inquiry, Noon hour walking groups, gratitude at staff meetings
- Increased teacher willingness to model real-life self regulation scenerios
- Increased teacher awareness and efforts to address “Blue Zone” students
- Increased overall student metacognition of “Zones” language- students are beginning to internalize learning through opportunities for self-reflection
Below are some student quotes from our spring 2018 core competency self assessment on personal responsibility.
Grade One Student:
“In my opinion, the best part of first grade is the zones. I Lernd the feelings in each zone. I do chek ins. I lernd the strategies for calming Myself. That’s why the zones is the best part of first grade!”
Grade Four Student:
“ I can persevere with challenging accomplishmints. And it was hard but I finally got it and I never gave up. I used the calm down steps. I stop and I named my feeling and took a couple of deep breaths.”
Grade Five Students:
“ (Strategies to help me focus)- an organized desk, a sharpened pencil, nothing to fidget with… I always like to keep an organized desk so I have no clutter and it’s a good strategy for me because just the tiniest mess can annoy me and cause me not to be focused.”
“(Strategies to help me focus)- I breath and count from 10-1, I close me eyes and stay like that while listening to the teacher until she’s showing something. I drink water, and I ignore other noises. “Closing my eyes is a good strategy because I don’t see anyone doing anything distracting and I can focus on what’s being said. People think I’m sleeping.” (response from teacher- Now I know what you’re doing!)
It is clear that staff have successfully increased student awareness of self-regulation language and strategies but that more practice and explicit teaching is needed. Based on the evidence collected during our 2017-2018 school year, our staff decided to maintain our current inquiry questions as presented.