For many, social thinking is hard-wired at birth and strengthens, quite naturally, through progressive experiences with others. However, for a variety of reasons, some children find it harder to think socially, develop socially and use their social tools suitably when it really counts.
What's the Buzz? for PRIMARY STUDENTS was originally released by Routledge in 2011 and became an international best-seller. It is now used by practitioners around the globe in many, many countries with children, helping them to successfully transfer these skills into their everyday lives.
What's the Buzz? for PRIMARY STUDENTS is;
By drawing on the modelling of targeted social skills, role play, explicit guidance, feedback and games, this resource is imaginative, very practical and is enhanced with visual materials and worksheets to accompany each lesson.
Welcome to What's the Buzz? for PRIMARY STUDENTS. What's the Buzz? is a unique 16 lesson social skills enrichment programme designed to explicitly teach children how to think and relate socially.
This lively, practical role-play and play-based programme targets everyday themes - how to greet, make and keep friends, fit in, read one's own emotions, read the feelings of others, deal with competition and cope with worry, frustration and disappointment more constructively.
The engaging direct method of instruction is built on an extensive body of research believed to stimulate social thinking and accomplish powerful outcomes. What's the Buzz? is;
Sequenced - it follows a logical break down of each skill
Active - it uses role-plays and rehearsal with feedback
Focused - it dedicates time solely towards teaching a specific skill
Explicit - it teaches a specific social/ emotional skill each session
The programme has wide appeal to teachers, counsellors, psychologists, teacher assistants, support staff and parent volunteers in schools. While tailored for small specific groups of children it also has a broader multi-purpose scope with larger mainstream classes. What's the Buzz? has applications in private clinical settings; psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, and allied health professionals. Recognising the most influential people in a child's life, each lesson includes extensive notes offering parents and teachers handy ideas to reinforce the themes presented.
The book is complimented by an online subscription to the website whatsthebuzz.net.au
Collective research confirms that children who engage with peers, attach to them, and feel as though they have healthy relationships have a much greater chance of happiness and well-being as they grow. Without explicitly teaching children how to successfully connect and work with differences, we run the risk of some becoming discouraged, or worse. Sadly, when young human beings can't find a way to belong to peers a 'faulty logic' clicks in allowing them to believe that what they're doing is working, even though it is not - their thinking becomes stuck. Teaching social and emotional literacy with the same commitment and vigour we have traditionally taught academic skills increases a young person's confidence and competence to get along with others and embrace life.
To find out more please phone, Sharon (08) 8332 0698 or email Mark firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark is happy to bring a What's the Buzz? Training Day to your school or organisation. You can arrange this by contacting Mark at email@example.com
Alternatively call Sharon (08) 83320698. Sharon is able to organise payment using other options
From educators who have participated in our TRAINING DAYS
This 8 minute TRAINING VIDEO guides potential facilitators on how to run a What's the Buzz? program -
Together, Mark and Noni Le Messurier run What's the Buzz? children's groups from FULLARTON PARK CENTRE, 411 Fullarton Road, FULLARTON . The course runs for one semester (16 children sessions - 8 in each term). Sessions start at the beginning of term 1 and term 3.
The younger children engage in What's the Buzz? for EARLY LEARNERS, and the older children use What's the Buzz? for PRIMARY STUDENTS. We describe that What's the Buzz? as a friendship club where there are fun things to do, new kids to meet and the chance to learn some very special friendship skills.
Each group consists of 8 or 9 children. Children are selected based on age and developmental characteristics so everyone has the opportunity to learn relational skills and to build friendships in a safe, structured and an optimistic environment. Sessions are scheduled for 4pm and 5pm starts on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
There are 2 PARENT MEETINGS and these are held at 69 Goodwood Road, Wayville, 5034. These are in the evenings, one per term. If you wish additional feedback parents are encouraged to call so we can talk!
Beyond seeing students engage and absorb the new skills taught there are two bonuses that consistently emerge from the program. The first is witnessing warm interactions that blossom between participants and the formation of new friendships. Secondly, is seeing parents enjoying one another's company, exchanging thoughts and finding support in each other over coffee while children's sessions are in progress.
To register interest or to find out more please phone, Sharon (08) 8332 0698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By clicking on the download you can print a comprehensive brochure Download PDF file.
From parents, teachers and students who have experienced the programme
This 8 minute video provides a snapshotfor parents to see and hear what happens in a What's the Buzz? lesson -