The program includes a teacher’s resource pack, a supporting teacher’s handbook and extensive online resources for middle primary students (years 3–4).
The teacher’s handbook explores the theory, rationale and research behind Bounce Back! and outlines teaching strategies for the delivery of the program. The flip side contains nine curriculum units that explore topics related to student resilience, such as:
- developing positive and pro-social values
- developing strategies for coping and bouncing back
- finding courage in everyday life as well as in difficult circumstances
- optimistic thinking and looking on the bright side
- amplifying positive emotions and managing negative emotions
- developing relationship skills
- using humour as a coping tool
- skills for countering bullying
- skills and attitudes for being successful.
The free online component consists of:
- over 50 new interactive games and activities for the interactive whiteboard or classroom computers for each level
- extensive Resource lists for each curriculum unit featuring level-appropriate and current literature, songs, websites, films
- new information for teachers to give to parents
- an additional curriculum unit
- more than 400 blackline masters
- assessment tools.
Toni Noble is a leading educator and educational psychologist with expertise in student wellbeing, positive school communities and positive psychology. She is an Adjunct Professor at Australian Catholic University (ACU). Helen McGrath is a leading counseling psychologist and educator with expertise in mental health, social skills, relationships and effective teaching & learning. She is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University (School of Education), a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University (School of Education) and a psychologist in part-time private practice. Helen and Toni are also involved in major Government projects including the Safe Schools Framework.
Suitable for middle primary students.
Selected sample pages from Bounce Back! Years 3&4