'What's the Buzz?' is a social skills/friendship building program that instantly became a best seller. Over 32 lessons it shows educators and parents how to teach social and emotional skills to young people, especially those who require greater structure and more explicit instruction. This unique program is now in hundreds of schools/organisations throughout the world, including many, many Chinese schools. It is truly global! There are two versions -
'What's the Buzz? for PRIMARY students' (for children aged from 8 to 13 years of age) A 16 lesson highly structured, role-play and play-based program designed to teach children how to think socially and make friendship work. The program connects young people to each other, to staff and to an optimistic school culture. http://www.whatsthebuzz.net.au
'What's the Buzz? for EARLY LEARNERS'
(for children aged from 4 to 8 years of age)
Over 16 lessons students become immersed in a variety of essential relational skills, stimulated by
the experiences of our much-loved character, Archie. In each lesson the children help Archie solve the
very same social dilemmas that occur in their everyday lives. As they do this, through activity, discussion, role-play and quizzes, they'll learn how-to become a more flexible social thinker. Click here to see a sample video of the authors reading one of the chapters
'Archie's BIG BOOK of Friendship Adventures' is a collection of heartfelt stories that connect the rich, realistic ups and downs of children's lives. Read them to children at home and in schools, to coach them how to think socially and proactively problem solve.
The original (orange cover) for PRIMARY STUDENTS, and the newest program (purple cover) for EARLY LEARNERS:
'What's the Buzz?' is a response to actively teach and support young people to build social skills and connections. It replaces the traditional focus where children's behaviours were addressed through punishment, tell offs, lectures and restrictions. Instead, social and emotional literacy highlights teaching skills, coaching kids and creating links that inspire better social connection, and ultimately improved behaviour.
In this workshop Mark will present a lesson from 'What's the Buzz? and actually do it with you! So, come on, take the dare; let's explore what educators and parents can do to improve children's social and emotional happiness. There's so many easy to apply ideas to make a world of difference!