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ERIC Number: ED520378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-23
Pages: 244
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-4155-8382-4
What's the Buzz? A Social Skills Enrichment Programme for Primary Students
Le Messurier, Mark; Parker, Madhavi Nawana
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Some children, for all manner of reasons, struggle to make friends and fit in socially. "What's the Buzz?" is a unique sixteen-lesson social skills enrichment programme designed to explicitly teach children how to think and relate to others in social situations. This lively, highly 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. Based on an extensive body of research believed to stimulate social thinking and accomplish powerful outcomes, "What's the Buzz?" is: (1) Sequenced--it follows a logical breakdown of each skill; (2) Active--it uses role-plays and rehearsal with feedback; (3) Focused--it dedicates time solely towards teaching a specific skill; and (4) Explicit--it teaches a specific social/emotional skill each session. The programme has proven 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. Each lesson also includes extensive notes offering parents and teachers handy ideas to reinforce the themes presented. Following an introduction, the following lessons are included in the table of contents: (1) Meeting People and Exiting; (2) Getting Attention; (3) Following Instructions; (4) Being Friendly; (5) Competition, Winning and Losing; (6) Identifying Feelings; (7) Feelings and the Warning Signs; (8) Feelings and Thinking Positively; (9) Feelings and Ideas to Create Well-Being; (10) Empathy, Responding to Others; (11) Handling Worry; (12) Dealing with Disappointment; (13) Responding to Bullying; (14) The Connecting Art of Conversation; (15) Learning to "Fit In"; and (16) Giving and Receiving Compliments. References are included.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Primary Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A