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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 10 Professionally Speaking June 2021 In the spirit of open conversation and to support an array of perspectives, Professionally Speaking welcomes letters to the editor. The opinions expressed in letters are solely those of the authors and should not be interpreted as the view of the College. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and clarity. Letters should be sent to ps@oct.ca, be in response to content in the magazine, and include the writer's phone number and registration number. Tell us what you think! Write to Us! Professionally Speaking welcomes leers to the editor. Please address your thoughts about content in the magazine to ps@oct.ca, and be sure to include your phone number and registration number. We look forward to hearing from you! Responding to bullying Thank you for publishing the article "Responding to Bullying" (March 2021). Real examples of how teachers create positive learning environments and empower their students to confront bullying behaviour serve as a great resource. The article points out the power of educators and schools in creating a just society by engaging students through purposeful learning opportunities. The author also talks about the importance of building healthy relationships within the class community, engaging students in creating the class norms, and providing tools for discussions without being disrespectful of others' ideas. It was surprising to read that when peers intervene, bullying incidents stop within 10 seconds. I am sure readers would like to know more about these strategies to support peers and bystanders in stopping bullying incidents. Thank you for sharing this timely article with educators as they engage in online and in-school learning and strive to create healthy classroom com- munities during the pandemic. Gurmeet Gill, OCT, is the principal of Fernforest Public School in Brampton, Ont.

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