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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.3 March 2009

Cover Story by Graysen Walles
Teachers are Brave
Somewhere in this country a drive-by was avoided, a robbery was reconsidered, or a suicide attempt was abandoned because a teacher was willing to show up and make a difference in the classroom, administrative office, after school activity, or at the home of a child.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Assessing for Student Learning

»The 21st Century Teaching-Learning Environment - (Think Outside the Classroom Box)Hal Portner
»Why Do You Teach?Sue Gruber
»Educating Homeless ChildrenLeah Davies
»Old School Progress ReportsTodd R. Nelson
»Habit vs. Awareness for the 3 Practices and for the Hierarchy of Social DevelopmentMarvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»Global Travel GuruJosette Bonafino
»Tool & ToysRick Morris

»Economic Relief for TeachersTeachers.Net
»Fifty Years of TeachingBill Page
»Strange SignsTim Newlin
»A Dozen Surefire Tips To Maximize Flexible Grouping and Small Group LearningSusan Fitzell
»Time to Reward YourselfAlan Haskvitz
»March 2009 Writing PromptsJames Wayne
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VHank Kellner
»What’s Wrong With Teacher Education In This Country?Howard Seeman
»“Slumdog Millionaire” Teaches About Education, TooDorothy Rich
»Teachers’ Role in Improving Students’ Thinking Skills: Moving beyond the ‘sage on the stage’Ambreen Ahmed

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring QuotesBarb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily CommemorationRon Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Teacher Blogs Showcase
»Liz Phillips' Printable Discipline Rubric
»Photo tour: 4th Grade Classroom
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: March 2009
»Featured Lesson: Recognizing Bullying
»Modeling Guided Reading FAQ, Periodic Table of Videos – Fascinating Chemistry!, Carl Sagan - 4th Dimension Explanation, Parabolas in the Real World, Al Jolson sings - Brother Can You Spare a Dime?, Lovers’ Waltz - Casey Willis on violin, Meet Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
»Live on Teachers.Net: March 2009
»T-Netters Share Favorite Recipes
»Managing Hyperactive Students
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers
»This Board’s For Me!


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Recognizing Bullying

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March 1, 2009

Recognizing Bullying
How to recognize and prevent bullying

Submittted by Gillian Gabourie
St. Dominic, Lindsay, Canada

Materials Required:

lap top,
LED projector,
overhead projector

Activity Time:

1 - 2 30 minute blocks

Concepts Taught:

How to recognize and prevent bullying

This is a lesson plan aimed at students in grade 7 and 8. It is designed to teach students how to recognize bullying and how to deal with it in a proactive way. Students will participate in an interactive two part lesson that incorporates literacy, multi media, decision making skills and drama.

By the end of the two part lesson students will be able to:

  • Give a clear concise definition of what bullying entails
  • Inform people of the four main categories of bullying
  • Recognize bullying around them and have the tools to effectively deal with the situation.

Materials Needed by the Teacher:

  • Print out of the four scenarios
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Lap top and L.E.D. projector
  • Overhead projector
  • Copy of the family feud answers
Part I: Recognizing Bullying

This first lesson will help students recognize what bullying looks and sounds like. They will learn the four categories of bullying and understand what each entails.


Which One Is Bullying?
Read the following four scenarios to your class. Ask your students to vote on which ones are examples of bullying. As they vote, ask them to explain why they think that the scenario they have chosen is an example of bullying.


  1. Tom is in grade 8. He is scared to go to school because Marcus, a boy in his class, likes to lock Tom inside his locker.
  2. Christina is in grade 7. Lately, her friend Maria has started hanging out with a new girl in the class, Justine. When Christina walks over to the two girls at recess, Maria and Justine will either pretend they can’t hear what Christina says to them or they will run away laughing.
  3. Steven got braces two weeks ago. Kate, a girl in his class, has been making fun of him every time he smiles, calling him Braceface and Metal Mouth. Steven doesn’t like to show his teeth anymore at school because he knows Kate will make jokes about it.
  4. Brittany is having an MSN chat with Torie. They are talking about the kids in their class and Brittany tells Torie that she has a crush on Ethan, the new boy in the class. The next day, Brittany discovers that Torie has copied their message and emailed it to all the kids in their grade, including Ethan.

After discussing each scenario, come up with a class definition of what bullying is. On chart paper, write your definition of bullying and have the students give you examples of the types of bullying that occur in the four main categories.

Teacher Script:

Each of the four scenarios were examples of bullying. You can see how bullying comes in many forms. Some are easy to see, while others are a little more difficult to tell. What do you think Bullying is?
  • Guide them to realizing that it is a repeated behaviour that is intentional and designed to inflict harm on the victim.

Teacher script:

Each scenario described one of the four main types of bullying. Not all bullying is done through hitting and pushing others. Some bullying is done through the words that we use or the way that we treat each other.

There are four types of bullying.
They are Physical (punching, kicking, spitting);
Verbal (Name calling, threatening, teasing);
Indirect or Psychological (spreading rumours, excluding people from games and groups) and
Cyber (writing mean things on someone’s face book, emailing embarrassing photos of people).

  • Write the four types of bullying on the board and discuss what each one entails. Ask your students to give examples of each type and write them on the board.

Using your laptop and an L.E.D. projector, play a few internet clips of popular television shows and have the students put them in the four categories.

Teacher script:

We are going to look at a few clips from television shows that most of us watch each week. See if you can identify which of the four types of bullying is happening in the clip.

Some ideas for bullies in television clips are:

Gossip Girl: Blair Waldorf does a lot of psychological bullying
The Simpsons: Nelson is famous for his physical and verbal bullying
Degrassi TNG: Time Stands Still Episode: Spinner and Jay tar and feather a classmate humiliating him in front of the whole school

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