'What's the Buzz?'
A playful 2 hour 'snapshot'
"I appreciated the optimism and playfulness. That set a wonderful tone to learn about an uplifting
program. It was a unique opportunity to see and hear the underpinning strategies because they were all so
centred about children and helping them find connections."
Melanie, Holy Cross PS (Victoria)
"Oh, another Social Skills programme! That was my first thought when asked to attend. I am so happy
I did! What fun and what learning. I'm eager to put 'What's the Buzz?' into practice."
Deb, Aberfoyle Park Hub
"A great training session! It was positive, informative and above all, fun. It is reassuring to know
that I can do this!"
Gabby, St Joseph's School Murray Bridge
"Such a fantastic programme for all kids! Thank you for presenting the session in such an enthusiastic
and easy to understand manner. I'm using the program and highly recommend it."
Holly, Happy Valley PS
"I've been trying to implement a 'Social Skills' program at our school for years. Mostly I've taken
bits and pieces from different programs trying to meet the needs of the students I work with.
'What's the Buzz?' fits the bill! I'm excited to get started, and better still, it's ready to go!
This is a playful 2 hour presentation - can be adapted
To have Mark present to your school or organisation email or phone
A download link to a PowerPoint file is coming.
'What's the Buzz?' is taking Australian and UK schools by storm!
www.whatsthebuzz.net.au is a social skills enrichment programme designed to teach primary aged children how to think and relate socially. It is for ALL children - and, especially those who struggle to build friendships, problem-solve and fit-in socially. It 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 extensive research believed to stimulate social thinking and accomplish powerful outcomes. 'What's the Buzz?' is (SAFE);
Sequenced - it follows a logical break down of each skill
Active - it uses role-plays and rehearsal with feedback
Focused - it dedicates time solely on teaching a specific skill
Explicit - it teaches a specific skill each session
The programme has wide appeal to all kinds of educators and volunteers in schools. It can be tailored to target small specific groups of children, but also has a broader multi-purpose scope with larger mainstream classes.
The aim of this highly interactive 'snapshot' is to build the interest and capacity of staff members to deliver this social enrichment programme to students. Be pleasantly surprised; you see a lot of this short session will have you immersed in the role-plays, quizzes and social games that students in the program usually experience. It is not necessary, but will be to your advantage to have your own copy of a 'What's the buzz?' book on the day.
Excerpt from Lesson 1: meeting people & exiting
Explanation; name tags
Explanation; group rules
Explanation; feedback cards
Lesson 4: being friendly (sample lesson)
The program's evolution
What is, 'What's the Buzz?' and who is it for?
Why teach social thinking or social skills?
Prerequisites for the program to succeed
Will skills taught transfer into a child's life?
Why and how is the program structured?
After the Buzz, social thinking ideas for parents
Exploration of the website and online resources;
registration and non-registration (what's the deal?)
online training and forum
social skills articles
activities and puzzles
pre and post surveys - data tracking facility
Group exchange / debrief - Questions and answers
Goodbye, 'with compliments' from Lesson 16
The book is complimented by www.whatsthebuzz.net.au The website offers online TRAINING MODULES, online accreditation, options to access and personalise all of the images, games, role-play cards, certificates, worksheets and a specialised facility to track the data by employing pre and post surveys. What's the Buzz? seeks to measure student progress; it is evidenced based in its approach.