Tools for Self-Regulation
Which Wolf Do You Feed?
There is a Native American story called "The Two Wolves." It starts with an old Cherokee telling his grandson about a battle that often goes on inside people.
He says, "My son, the fight is between two wolves. One is evil. It is angry, envious, jealous, sorrowful, regretful, greedy, arrogant, self-pitying, guilty, resentful, inferior, dishonest, proud, superior, and egotistical. The other is good. This wolf is joyful, peaceful, loving, hopeful, serene, humble, kind, benevolent, empathetic, generous, truthful, compassionate, and faithful."
His grandson thinks for a while, and then asks: "Which wolf wins, Grandfather?" The old Cherokee simply replies, "The one you feed."
Proactively choosing to feed your “good wolf”, is using self-regulation.
*Found on Mindtools.com
What is self-regulation?
Roy Baumeister and Kathleen Voh's Handbook of Self-Regulation: Research, Theory, and Applications (2011) describes self-regulation as the ability to:
1. Attain, maintain, and change one's level of energy to match the demands of a task or situation.
2. Monitor, evaluate, and modify one's emotions.
3. Sustain and shift one's attention when necessary and ignore distractions.
4. Understand both the meaning of variety of social interactions and how to engage in them in a sustained way.
5. Connect with and care about what others are thinking and feeling -to empathize and act accordingly.
Students who show these abilities will be successful in the classroom while students who lack these abilities may struggle during certain times of their day. At Lake and Peninsula School District, we want to create a space for all students to be at their optimal level of learning. We are at the beginning stages of learning about self-regulation, teaching it to our teachers and projecting it to our students. More information may be added as we journey through this movement of self-regulation.