Self expression & acting
Social and Emotional Learning -Bounce Back!
Bounce Back! is an evidence-based program that was created in response to research which identified the most significant coping skills that help young people to become more resilient. The aims of the program are to:
- Maximise student engagement in learning through a literature-based approach
- Contribute to a pro-social school culture
- Promote positive relationships and develop social skills
- Develop resilience skills that contribute to wellbeing
- Develop pro-social values
There are two key components to Bounce Back!: Core Values and The Bounce Back! acronym.
The Core Values include: integrity; fairness and responsibility; support, kindness and compassion; cooperation; acceptance of diversity and not judging others; respect; and friendliness.
The Bounce Back! acronym outlines the ten key coping statements:
Bad times don’t last
Other people can help if you talk to them
Unhelpful thinking makes you feel more upset
Nobody is perfect – not you, not others
Concentrate on the good bits, no matter how small, and use laughter
Everybody experiences sadness, hurt, failure, jrection and setbacks sometimes, not just you
Accept the things you can’t change, but try to change what you can first
Catastrophising exaggerates worries
Keep things in perspective
The school gathers resilience data annually through two Bounce Back! student surveys. The data is collated and presented to staff. One survey measures levels of student resilience and is used to plan teaching emphases. The other measures classroom dynamics and is used to reflect on classroom practice and teacher characteristics.