October 2008
Vol 5 No 10

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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.10 October 2008

Cover Story by Eric P. Jensen
A Fresh Look at
Brain-Based Education

More than 20 years since it was first suggested that there could be connections between brain function and educational practice, and in the face of all the evidence that has now accumulated to support this notion, BBE guru Eric Jensen urges educators to take full advantage of the relevant knowledge from a variety of scientific disciplines.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Boaz City Schools:
Professional Learning Teams

»Change Isn’t Just for PoliticsCheryl Sigmon
»Are you an Informal Teacher-Leader?Hal Portner
»Strategies to Meet Standards, Promote Reading and Boost SkillsSue Gruber
»Helping Children Cope with LossLeah Davies
»The Future Votes NowTodd R. Nelson
»The Brain and SleepMarvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»My Supervisor Hates Me! & Are These Kids Just Crazy?Kioni Carter

»Curriculum Happens
»Spam! Spam! and More Spam!
»FHA-Hero Program Creates Leaders
»October 2008 Writing Prompts
»A “Disruptive Behavior” Plan
»More Than A Desk - Changing the Learning Environment
»A Teaching Guide for Night Journey to Vicksburg
»Computers in the Classroom
»Silent Mentoring
»Cyberbullying Tips for Educators
»Perfectly Normal

»The T-Netters Who Saved My Life
»Teacher Starts Rock Band to Help Students Learn
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»School Photographs for October 2008
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: October 2008
»Video Bytes: Brain Based Education, Monday Morning, Rockin' the Standards and More
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration for October 2008
»Live on Teachers.Net: October 2008
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
»Alternatives to Halloween Party and Costumes
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Cyberbullying Tips for Educators
Even educators are vulnerable to online bullying. The author of Stopping School Violence offers advice.
by Derek Randel
New contributor to the Gazette
October 1, 2008

As a teacher, you may lose your temper in class one day and, surprise!! You're on YouTube. Doing a web search you may find that someone has set up a myspace page just for you, surprise! Web sites commenting on teacher’s sex preference, weight, and looks are being created every day. Welcome to the new world of cyberbullying the educator. Here are some tips for the educator to use and to share with students when faced with cyberbullying.

  1. Have open discussions with students about cyberbullying
  2. Encourage students to come forward and for bystanders to become involved
  3. Teach bystanders how to become involved
  4. Do not allow phones in school or class. Take them away
  5. Encourage victims to keep all evidence
  6. Teach students to avoid responding to threats
  7. Never share passwords
  8. Become involved to show support for the victim
  9. Be aware: Many kids do not want to report this problem for fear of their parents. They believe the parents will take away their cell phone, computer, or Internet access.
  10. Students are creatively setting up their teacher to lose control of the class. Then he is videotaped on their camera phones for uploading at YouTube
  11. Don’t leave your cell phones out.
  12. Have you done a web search for your name lately or checked to see if a facebook account has been opened in your name? Many teachers are ridiculed on websites. Some mention their weight, race, looks, and threats of violence. Students have referred to teachers as pedophiles, suggested two others were having a lesbian affair and said their teacher should "lay off the heroin."

According to the President of the Canadian Teachers Association cyberbullying has become the number one non-academic problem facing classrooms today. The thought of a quiet, peaceful town like Mayberry is getting much harder to find nowadays.

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About Derek Randel...

Derek Randel is a parent coach who speaks nationally on how to remove the yelling from your home and how to protect your child/student from bullying and school violence. Derek has been seen on many television shows and is heard on radio shows around the country. He is the author of Stopping School Violence and was nominated for a Disney American Teacher Award. He also is a certified stepfamily coach through the Step-Family Foundation. For more information visit

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