What is self-regulation and why should I care?

Self-regulation is the current “buzzword” for parents and educators.  Teaching jargon can be annoying when it doesn’t have a context or seems trendy.  In my opinion, though, self-regulation is the most important concept I have learned in 15 years as a teacher.  It has helped me on a daily basis as a parent and in group teaching situations. To be perfectly honest, understanding self-regulation has helped me regulate myself.  Humbling but true!

This 10 minute clip clarifies the meaning of the term and how to use the idea to help our children.  Stuart Shanker makes “big ideas” make sense.