Sunday, October 5, 2014

Top 10 Ways to Respect Your Students

Respect is a big word in our classrooms. The students are supposed to respect one another, their teachers, and the physical environment. Great teachers spend 2 weeks to 2 months in the beginning of the school year teaching what respect is and what it looks like. A lot of time and effort is spent on teaching students, but sometimes the element that is missing from our classrooms is the respect teachers have for their students.

Now, don't get me wrong! Teachers are wonderful, and  do truly want to be respectful to our students, but sometimes we are disrespectful without even wanting to be. It is completely understandable that students and teachers may not see eye to eye, because we are all built differently. We think differently and act differently because we have all gone through unique experiences that have shaped us to be the people we are today.   Because of these different experiences, teachers may not share the definition of respect the same way the students do.

For this entry, my goal was to create a list of must-do things for teachers to do to make sure that we are respecting our students.

Doing this, is one of the no-nos.
Also not a nice thing to say
Attack the un-desired behavior, not the student. 

1. Ask your students what disrespect looks like. 

2. Forgive your students when they make mistakes. 

3. Leave the sarcasm behind. 

4. The rules of the classroom should only be there to create a safe, learning environment. 

5. The teacher should make an effort to build a relationship with every single student in the class. 

6. Smile, Smile, Smile 

7. Extend your please and thank- yous to the students, and they will follow your lead. 

8. If the students cannot eat/drink/use a cell phone, then you also shouldn't be doing that. 

9. Apologize when you have made a mistake, and thank the students for remaining patient during certain times. 

10. Be flexible. 

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