The purpose of the WorryWoo Developing Emotional Intelligence Program (DEIP) is to introduce social and emotional learning (SEL) as an essential part of a school's literacy and arts curriculum in order to:
Create positive emotional understanding
Improve emotional intelligence
Develop a healthy social environment
The program goals will be accomplished by including lesson plans on emotions, relationships and social-emotional skills. These will be adapted to language arts, visual arts and performing arts lessons in connection with common core standards to create a cross-curriculum platform.
Evidence Based Social and Emotional Learning with the WorryWoos
After 10 weeks of using the WorryWoo Program the teachers found that students were better able to manage their emotions. Specifically, the results indicated a significant positive impact on the students regarding:
- Recognition of basic and complex emotions
- Attitude towards themselves and others
- Ability to control their emotions
- Understanding the feelings of others
- Emotional awareness
- Reduced feelings of "feeling like a failure"
At the conclusion of the program students will be able to demonstrate an ability to:
- Practice personal and social skills to interact positively with others
- Identify and describe emotional responses people may experience in different situations
- Identify and describe the emotions of people who are happy, sad, excited, tired angry, sad or confused
- Learn and use appropriate language and actions to communicate feelings in different situations
- Recall and share emotional responses to different situations and represent this in a variety of ways
- Read and view stories about adventures and talk about how characters feel and react when taking risks
- Discuss connections between feelings, body reactions and body language
The WorryWoo program is based on several pedagogical philosophies adapted from Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence (Harvard:1983) and the five CASEL Competencies. Together they form the foundation of engaging curriculum which subtly encompassed a UDL approach. Lesson plans are presented in an inviting, age/stage appropriate manner relating themes in Literacy and the Arts with activities that reflect attention to developing critical thinking skills.
- Soft cover
- 144 pages
- Measures 28cm x 22cm
- Age recommendation: Pre Kindy - Year 6
Message to Teachers and Educators
The WorryWoo DEIP was written by teachers and educators for teachers and educators. The focus is on teaching children to understand, accept and respect everyones emotions. It is based on the WorryWoo book series which was created to help children realise that while we all have the same feelings, not everyone responds to a situation in the same way. By educating children about emotions at a formative age, we hope that they will be empowered to develop life skills which will help them navigate from pre-school through the teen years. Social and emotional learning is a valuable tool which acts as a bridge between knowledge, impulsive actions and self-awareness, an asset for adults as well as children. The information in this curriculum provides a guideline which you can use to create effective lesson plans for your particular classroom. All suggestions can be tailored to the needs of the learning environment.
Enjoy this exclusive video from Dr John & Erina Heights Public School showing you the benefits of using the WorryWoos to assist with social and emotional learning. "I just really believe in the program and I love the WorryWoos and I think more than any other age group those kids that are getting older need to have that connection with emotions and need to talk about it and need some way of expressing how they are feeling.... "
Anna, Teacher Erina Heights Public School