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Recorded webinar: Double dipping! Using children’s literature to achieve English outcomes and teach wellbeing and resilience skills.



On the 31 July 2018 we ran a live webinar on the topic of wellbeing and literacy. Want to access the recording? Click here to register.

About the webinar



This webinar demonstrates how to ‘double dip’, using quality children’s literature to achieve Primary English outcomes, whilst developing students’ skills and understanding of wellbeing and resilience.

The Bounce Back program, now in its 3rd Edition, and written by teacher educators and psychologists Helen McGrath and Toni Noble, incorporates over 400 children’s picture books.


  • What are the values & skills for wellbeing and resilience and why it is important to teach them
  • Examples of high-quality picture books, poems and book-related songs and videoclips that can assist teaching the values and skills that promote wellbeing and resilience while, at the same time, reinforcing skills related to the English curriculum
  • Using picture books as the basis for circle time discussion, cooperative learning activities, educational games and thinking tools.

About the presenter: Toni Noble

Toni Noble is a leading educator and educational psychologist with expertise in student wellbeing, positive school communities and Positive Psychology. She is Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University. Toni has worked with the government on a number of initiatives including as the principal investigator on the Australian government’s Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing and co-developer of the National Safe Schools Framework (2011) as well as resourcing the Safe Schools Hub, now the Student Wellbeing Hub.

Toni co-authors with Dr Helen McGrath on numerous academic papers, chapters and books for teachers. These include Bounce Back!, an award-winning Positive Education approach to wellbeing, resilience, and social-emotional learning and HITS and HOTS: Evidence based teaching + Social and emotional learning


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