As the book’s intention is to increase emotional resilience, Massey is going to research whether this actually happens. As a teacher or a parent collaborator, all you would need to do is go online and fill out a ‘baseline’ questionnaire about your class or child's behaviour now, and then after using the resource with your family or class, go back online and complete the survey again. We would hope to show a difference in behaviour due to the use of the resource.
This is a way for Cantabrians to contribute to disaster recovery research.With the many natural disasters that seem to be occurring in our nation, this research may inform how agencies and the government work with families and schools in future situations. Please sign up by emailing the research team (Benita Stiles-Smith) at B.Stilesfirstname.lastname@example.org or going to our website www.theworrybug.co.nz
Best Use Learnings From The Worry Bug Project
Massey's research from evaluating the Worry Bug books showed that using the books in the following ways added to their efficacy and positive pro-social change. We've included them here to help inform planning for using the books in the first term of 2017. The lesson plans were designed to be used in the last 20 minutes of the school day in the beginning of the term however they could easily be mixed and matched, or done in a series of longer sessions.
Here are some specific ways that the books were used;
* Initially used in school assembly on screen with a reading, with continuing follow-up in classrooms;
* Used in reading group;
* Used in circle time discussion;
* Used in classroom story time as follow-up to disaster drills;
* Used in writing poetry;
* Used in art class;
* Used in social science/health class;
* Posted photocopies of illustrations in classrooms as part of continuing awareness;
* Brief display of classroom poster with children’s worries on classroom wall;
* Planned repeat use in coming year;
* Sent home story book with youngest rather than eldest of a family’s children;
* Set up of a letter box for posting worries as an ongoing follow-up for children to receive school support following school story book use;
* Placed Worry Bug updates in the school newsletter;
* Placed both school and home story in school library for ready access to children;
* Discussion with parents who viewed Worry Bug art productions by their children.
We'll be in touch with schools in the new year with info for your school newsletters and websites about the resource and the research and with everything you need to know about accessing the web based version which will have full audio in english and te reo and other support resources.