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New Teacher Help: An Online Community for New Teachers

New Teacher Help is a professional learning community (PLC) that helps new teachers get advice and support, and share experiences about the first years of teaching.

In our series of free webinars, live chats, and online discussions, you’ll explore how to:

  • “Set the tone” for a productive year of student learning.
  • Develop a repertoire of instructional strategies that result in higher levels of student engagement and achievement.
  • Establish yourself as the “authority figure” in the classroom.
  • Deal with students and parents who try to question your authority.
  • Discover resources you can turn to for assistance when necessary.
  • Develop techniques to increase communication and build relationships with students, parents, veteran teachers, administrators, and school support staff.

Upcoming Webinars
Presented by Shannon Holden, who has been a high school and middle school teacher and administrator, and a new teacher coach, in North Dakota, Texas, and Missouri for 20 years. 

Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Pre-registration is not required for New Teacher Help community members.
Join the webinar at the scheduled time with this link:
You’ll be automatically emailed a CE certificate for attending a live session.
Be sure to join the New Teacher Help community:
  • Receive invites and reminders to free webinars
  • Access the recordings for past webinars
  • CE quizzes (to earn your certificate for viewing a past webinar)
  • Additional resources and discussions

Preview the webinar “Inquiry-Based Learning” presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO. After viewing, take the CE quiz to earn a certificate for this session.

The New Teacher Help PLC is a place where you can post questions, start discussions, and get feedback from experts and peers on the issues and challenges you facing starting out on a career in teaching.  Stay connected, share ideas, and get support from other new teachers all across the country.

Join the New Teacher Help community for invitations to the free webinars, to view the archives and get a CE Certificate for previous programs, and to access the discussions and resources.
Follow the link to sign up today!

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– Shannon Holden

Five Questions for Students Accused of Bullying

One of the main reasons why bullying is not addressed is that the bully tells teachers, the Principal, or their parents that they were just “playing around” with the victim. While it is socially acceptable for friends to call each other unflattering names or make harmless physical contact – it is NOT acceptable for people to do it to others who they do not consider “friends”.
Here are five questions that determine a student’s intentions in a neutral, non-accusatory way:
1. If someone I didn’t know came up to me and hit me or said something rude to me in front of my friends, would I laugh
and think it was funny? Would I do the same thing to a total stranger that I just did to my “friend”?
2. If the person I just “played around” with did the exact same thing to ME in front of my friends, would I laugh and think it
was funny?
3. Was this the first time I hit, kicked, made a joke about, or otherwise “played around” with this person?
4. Would I sit at the same lunch table with the person I just “played around” with? Would I invite this person to my
house to hang out and/or play?
5. Did I stop bothering this person immediately after they asked me to stop?

If the answer to any of these questions is “No” – then you are bullying the person that you are “playing around” with.
For more FREE information to help you deal with the bullies at your school, visit lesson one of our Bully Neutralizer online course 

– Shannon Holden