A few days ago, we explored the meaning of Respect. Now, lets look at how we can use respect in the classroom to make our school a better and safer environment.
Five ways to respect your teacher:
- Pay attention when the teacher is talking – Your teacher has worked very hard to make a plan and implement it during class time. Children who pay attention during class are more “well equipped” for homework and testing.
- Be Prepared – Finish all homework BEFORE class – Do your best to understand the concepts that your teacher is teaching. That way, when you’re asked to participate you’ll be ready!
- Talk to your friends during recess and lunch – It’s tempting to pass notes and chatter during class. But anything that’s said in class can wait until lunch or recess. Make a mental note of something you may be thinking to tell your friends and make sure to bring it up when you have a break.
- No texting or using your phone – Nowadays it’s super easy to communicate with your friends during class with your phone. But if you’re texting or using your phone in any way, you’re not paying attention to what the teacher is saying. The brain really can’t do two different things at once.
- When talking to the teacher, make sure you do it respectfully – Sometimes a teacher can be what you may think is unreasonable. Talking back to a teacher can only lead to trouble for everybody. Frustration from the teacher, anger on the students part and sometimes even parent involvement. All can be avoided with a little civility.
Five ways to respect your fellow student:
- Appreciate kids that are different than you – Many children are disrespected every day because they are “different” than others. Find something you like in everyone. Make it a practice to say at least one compliment a day to someone that you don’t know.
- Say Please and Thank You – Believe it or not, these two simple phrases are being lost with a lot of today’s youth. These two simple phrases show that you care.
- Be aware of physical personal space – Watch your bubble! Many conflicts happen because someone is in another’s “bubble”. And by the way, you’ll notice that different cultures have different spaces. What is appropriate personal space in the U.S. is not necessarily appropriate for China or The Middle East.
- Do one good thing for another person every day – Sometimes we take for granted the nice things that others do for us. If we take the time to do one good thing for another person, by the law of reciprocity, that good thing will come back to us 10 fold. Practice this every day and you’ll see a huge difference in your friends and acquaintances.
- Just BE NICE – Sounds simple and it can be. There’s never a good reason to be mean to anybody. Since the release of the movie Mean Girls it’s somehow become “Cool” to be mean. Well it’s not. In fact, kids that are mean do not make long-term friends. Other kids talk behind their back because they’re scared to say things to a mean person’s face. Being mean creates an environment of deception and in-authenticity.
There ya go. Teach these to your children and they’ll have a much easier day at school.
I look forward to your comments.
Dedicated to adding character to the classroom.
John Abrams – www.AmazingSchoolAssemblies.com
Southern California’s Top Elementary School Assembly Performer