What’s the Buzz with Teenagers?: A universal and social and emotional literacy resource

1st Edition

Mark Le Messurier, Madhavi Nawana Parker

Routledge
March 5, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780367149789 - CAT# K413216

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Summary

Pre-teens and teenagers are faced with a continually changing and complex social world that not only involves face-to-face action, but also online and social media interaction. What’s the Buzz with Teenagers? offers a highly practical program designed to explicitly teach young people to get along and maintain healthy relationships with their friends, family and the broader community.

Embracing current thinking on ‘self-awareness and behaviour transformation’ in adolescents, it uses highly interactive role-plays, film-making, thinking exercises, quizzes, group discussions and confidence-building games to improve social skills and promote inclusion in a fun, effective and appealing way. Easy to implement in upper primary and middle schools, in healthcare settings and beyond, What’s the Buzz with Teenagers?:

  • is a deeply structured resource to teach young people in the 12- to 15-year-old developmental range;
  • offers a connecting approach to bring young people together to learn without the pressure of ‘getting social interaction right’ all the time;
  • aims to normalise the anxieties, sensitivities and loneliness that many young people experience during adolescence by sharing thoughts and exploring this common ground;
  • explicitly teaches how to ‘read’ the emotional needs of others, show empathy and build relationships; and
  • uses a developmental model that ensures relevance and inclusion to young people with a broad range of backgrounds, abilities and challenges.

The program provides lessons that educators and health professionals can adapt to suit their individual circumstances and time frames, and creates a framework for a warm, engaging and interactive space in which learning is optimised.

The book is complemented by the website www.whatsthebuzz.net.au, which offers online downloadable resources and a further six lessons.

Also available are What’s the Buzz?: A Social Skills Enrichment Programme for Primary Students and What’s the Buzz? For Early Learners.

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