Calm and Quiet

Think about your classroom expectations. Most, if not all, of us expect our students to be respectful. Think about all that respect entails. It is important to remember that this always begins with us. Our students are always watching.

Think about your “grand plan” each day as you walk into the classroom, aside from your daily lesson plans. What happens when things don’t go as planned (i.e. constant interruptions, an unexpected visit by a parent, a meeting with the principal regarding your evaluation, etc.)? How do you react with your students and/or colleagues in these situations? While you might feel frustrated and/or angry, think about those things your students face every day which they have no control over. The most important thing to remember is to always stay calm and quiet not to forget that your students are watching.


Author: taylormitch

Elementary Lead Teacher - Grades K-4

8 thoughts on “Calm and Quiet”

  1. You are the role model in the are the one our kids look up to for guidance in every way…you teach them so much more than what is in a book or on a smart board. ..respect is always need to gain the respect of your students just as your students need to gain your respect..when that truly occurs magic happens!


    1. I’ve actually told my kids that I am their “Mom” when they were at school. The kids like knowing that you are there to protect them as well as teach them.


  2. Many students do not experience respect in their own homes. Unfortunately it then becomes the job of subsequent teachers to teach their class respect for the teacher(s), each other, and even themselves.
    Students who are in a calm, nuturing environment tend to work harder and subsequently learn more. If teachers want their students to continue to succeed then there needs to be mutual respect and caring. Children and teachers make mistakes, have good days, and bad days too. Having mutual respect helps develop an environment that promotes increased respect and compassion.
    Throughout my almost 30 years of teaching I observed my classes become a family, a unified group, who cared about each other and truly understood that others might sometimes need extra help, support or just extra attention.
    Most teachers still use the tradition of having students raise their hands to answer questions or contribute to a discussion. I took it one step further to develop and foster respect in my class from day one. When a child was called on then all hands had to go down. Nobody was allowed to raise their hands or make pleading noises for me to call on them. The child that was called on now could answer the question, contribute to a discussion, or ask for clarification without feeling the pressure of not verbalizing quickly, or making a mistake. I noticed as the years progressed that small groups working together would give each member that same respect.
    Watching a struggling student share something they were very good at was empowering to the student and it made me proud to be a teacher.
    This respect can start as young as in Kindergarten. One year when I taught in a K-1-2 classroom, I had a child who always seemed to struggle with learning new concepts. Because he could tie his shoes I made him the official “sneaker helper”. The other kids soon began to include him in other activities and helped him learn without just ignoring him.
    RESPECT IS the main ingredient to learning in my classroom


  3. I have heard that “emotional consistency” is important for a teacher. I believe that’s right- you want to model for students how you handle adversity and how you deal with conflict productively. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show your emotions or act like a robot. On the contrary, showing your emotions in a productive way can help show how much you care, and motivate students to do their best because someone cares about them.


    1. I totally agree that it is appropriate to show your emotions, but only when appropriate. There are certain times when we should keep to ourselves. Ultimately, we should stay in control at all times, while promoting positive behavior


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