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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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Continued from page 1
March 1, 2009

Part II: How to Deal with a Bully

The second lesson will teach students how to deal with a bully. The strategies listed in this lesson are designed to battle bullying in a positive way that benefits both the victim and the bully.


Family Feud Game:
On an overhead projector, put up the question:

Teacher Script:

Today we are going to look at why people bully. In front of me I have the top 5 reasons people bully. Let’s see if you can guess them. After we have guessed all five, let’s see if we can figure out why these things would make someone want to bully other people.

The Top 5 Reasons People Bully

  1. Someone else is picking on them
  2. They are looking for attention
  3. They feel bad about themselves and want other people to feel bad too
  4. They have no friends and feel lonely
  5. They want the people around then to think they are strong and tough
  • As they guess and you reveal the top five answers, give them some insight into what each one means. Discuss as a group why these five reasons would make someone bully others.
  • Refresh the class on your class definition of bullying and the four types of bullying that you looked at in the previous lesson.
  • Put up the following list on the overhead projector and discuss why each one is a good idea and how it would put a stop to bullying.

    Teacher Script:

    Now that we know what a bullying looks like and some of the reasons that might make a person bully others, let’s take a look at what you can do if you find that someone is trying to bully you. Bullying can be very scary and it’s hard to know what is the right thing to do. Sometimes we think that if we tell a parent or a teacher about bullying, that this means we are tattling. It is never tattling if you are being hurt or scared.
  • Put the following list up on the overhead projector and allow the students to give their thoughts on each point and how they think it could work.
  • Ways to Stop Bullying

      Teacher’s Script:

      Bullies usually pick on people to see what the person will do. They like to see people cry or get angry. When the bully thinks they have hurt your feelings– they see it as winning. It can be very hard to do, but when you are faced with a bully, you need to ignore them and walk away.
      Teacher’s Script:

      Some people might say that if you fight back, the bully will leave you alone. What will actually happen is that one or both of you will get hurt. Walk away when you see a bully coming.
      Teacher’s Script:

      Think about all the places that you have seen a bully. Try to stay away from these places if you are alone until you tell an adult about the problem.
      Teacher’s Script:

      This is not tattling. Tell a teacher, a parent, a friend, a bus driver, any grown up that can help you with your problem. Most adult have had their share of bullies and can give you really great advice on how to beats deal with the situation.
      Teacher’s Script:

      If the bullying is happening online, there are several things you can do. Change your email address and only give it to people you trust. When you are emailing with friends, ask yourself if this is information you would want the whole world to know. Never put personal information about yourself on the internet – you never know who might be reading it.

    Discuss what the class thinks are good ways to deal with bullies. Come up with a class plan on chart paper. This plan can hang on your classroom wall as a reminder that bullying will not be tolerated in your classroom.

    To finish up the lesson, have your students break into groups of 2. Give each group, one of the four scenarios from the first day. Based on what you’ve talked about, have the students role play how they would deal with the bullying issue. One student would play the bully and one the victim. They would write and perform a short play about how to proactively resolve the issue.

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