20th August 2019.
The online resources for What's the Buzz? Primary Students 2019 revised edition is now available for members.
28th July 2019.
Archie's BIG BOOK of Friendship Adventures is now available online. You will find it under Online resoures once you have logged in. You can preview the first three chapters by clicking here.
"After the trauma of the 2020 Kangaroo Island bushfires and the upheaval of COVID we found our students grappling with some odd and challenging ways to cope. At first, we had lots of visitors supporting the wellbeing of our community and students. We knew this wouldn't last and we had to sustain a way to complement this social and emotional support. We wanted to support students to reconnect and openly express their feelings with each other, as a whole campus, in a consistent and ongoing way ... our culture had changed, and we wanted it back!
Some of our staff had experienced using 'What's the Buzz?' over the last few years, so we had a head start. This gentle, evidence based social and emotional curriculum worked wonders in building a context for younger and older children to build community together. With students ranging in age from 5 to 15 years 'What's the Buzz?' has been a perfect fit for our campus and we are rebuilding our trusting culture that was severely challenged.
We are using the program with individual students, small groups and whole classes - what fits best, and we are seeing wonderful outcomes with students and staff using consistent language and optimism to work through problems as they arise. Our optimistic, resilient culture really is returning!"
Thanks Mark and Madhavi
Leanne Woods (June, 2020)
Head of Campus, Penneshaw
Kangaroo Island Community Education
Welcome to What's the Buzz? a complete social and emotional literacy approach comprised of 48 lessons over 3 programs and complimented by a deep selection of online resources.
What's the Buzz? is an evidence-based program now used in more than 130 countries to teach young people social and emotional intelligence. It is based on the S.A.F.E. criteria, which permits maximum opportunity for the skills taught to transfer across into other situations.
The program has become a required text for teachers, counsellors, psychologists, social work and youth workers in training at many Universities worldwide.
The EARLY LEARNER's program was launched in 2015 to immerse younger students in a variety of essential interpersonal skills, stimulated by the experiences of a character called 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, games, puzzles and quizzes, they learn how-to express feelings and become a more positive problem solver.
The first version was released in 2011 for teachers, school support workers, parents, home schoolers, and a range of allied health professionals, to awaken the social and emotional awareness in youngsters. It quickly became a global phenomenon finding its way into scores of countries, hundreds of schools, charities, government welfare organisations and the private practices of allied health professionals. Early in 2019 we wrote a revised version containing a new Archie story in each chapter. While Archie's exact age is never revealed, he's about 11 years, and faces the same social and emotional challenges that children around this age typically encounter. This revised edition will not be available until August, 2019.
Published in 2019 this is a deep social and emotional teaching resource that has been well received. In fact, each chapter can be revisited 3, 4 or 5 times with students. Lessons begins with a classic Archie story. Archie is about 13 or 14 years old and faces social and emotional issues with the complexities typical for this age group. There are 10 chapters in the book and an additional 6 online. This version is aimed at middle school aged students and has application in schools and in private practices with allied health professionals.
What's the Buzz? is part of a global response stimulated by the positive psychology and positive education movements. The program precisely guides educators to teach young people new prosocial skills to develop emotional and social intelligence. How to;
And while absorbed in this skill-building, we give children the chance to grow steadier emotions and better behaviours.
Teaching social and emotional literacy, continuously, is a highly effective way to benefit our relationship with, and between, students. All human beings, no matter their age or circumstance, profit from being methodically taught social and emotional literacy skills and being in an environment where these are nurtured.
We now know that when young people are unable to attach to peers or feel isolated, they are more likely to be at risk from behavioural turbulence, mental health difficulties and have a greater tendency for future anti-social behaviour.