Self Regulation

Stuart Shanker, author of “Calm, Alert, and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation”, states, “how well students do in school can be determined by how well they are able to self-regulate.” (p. xi)

Self-regulation spans five domains – Biological, Emotional, Cognitive, Social and Prosocial. Assisting each other in attaining optimal self-regulation which can be defined as “a state of calm focus and alertness appropriate for learning” is critical and the intent of this page and the resources attached.

Shanker suggests six Critical Elements to Optimal Self-Regulation:

  • when feeling calmly focused and alert, the ability to know that one is calm and alert
  • when one is stressed, the ability to recognize what is causing that stress
  • the ability to recognize stressors both within and outside the classroom
  • the desire to deal with those stressors
  • the ability to develop strategies for dealing with those stressors
  • the ability to recover efficiently and effectively from dealing with stressors

Westwind has access to a series of Webinars created by Shanker and his associates. The login information has been provided to administrators and learning support teachers in your school.  The link is here: Shanker Webinar Site  Click here for a short summary article on Shanker’s Calm, Alert and Learning

Additionally we have temporary access to a library of materials developed by Shanker and Associates.  The library site can be accessed here  The login and password is temporary but it too has been shared with administration and learning support.  A division license to access these resources can be attained – please check it out so we might make an informed decision.


Other Sources:

Teen Mental Health – a broader site beyond self -regulation that provides resources on all areas affecting and related to teen mental health and mental health concerns.

Canadian Self-Regulation Centre – a blog with significant resources

Friendship Circle blog post with thoughts on Self-Reg