Explicitly teaching the concept of learning tools supports children in gaining self-regulation skills.
The concept of learning tools experientially teaches students about self-regulation. With support, students explore different tools deciding for themselves which tools work for them, and which do not. This process of self-discovery helps students understand their individual regulatory needs. In classrooms, students are encouraged to explore what helps them shift and focus their attention. If an object or behavior is distracting, then it is not the right learning tool for that student. Students practice with different tools, experiencing the impact each has on their ability to self-regulate. They decide if a tool distracts them or helps them learn. Students come to understand that we all have different regulatory needs.
What if we taught self- regulation skills to children?
What if we allowed children to explore and determine their own self-regulatory needs?
What if we offered children opportunities to self-regulate throughout the school day?
Fairness is everyone getting what they need, rather than everyone getting the same thing.