Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The secret of education lies in respecting the student”.
What are you doing on a daily basis to promote respect in your classroom? What opportunities are you providing for students to demonstrate respect? How are you being proactive to both demonstrate respect and set a tone for respect?
To your enemy – forgiveness.
To your opponent – tolerance.
To a friend – your heart.
To your customer – service.
To all – charity.
To a child – a good example.
To yourself – respect.
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.