"R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me". Are you channeling your inner Aretha Franklin? Hopefully, you are reading this blog post because you are looking for effective ways to teach respect and to teach your students to show respect for teachers. First things first, why is respect important? Respect is important to give and receive. When respect is shown, there is a sense of trust and safety that is expressed. The feeling of safety and trust is so important when you are working with children and parents. Think back to when you were in school. Who was your favorite teacher? Did he/she show you respect? Did you feel you could trust this teacher? Be this teacher for your students. Teach and model what respect looks like, sounds like, and feels like.
Teaching respect will help students build trust and feel safe. Sounds simple right? Guess what? You have to teach your students what respect looks like, feels like, and sounds like. Take the time to invest in your students in demonstrating ways to show what respect means and how to show respect for teachers. At the beginning of the school year and after students return from holidays, reteach what respect means. I have created activities to help when teaching why is respect important. Check out this resource from my Teachers Pay Teachers Store that is perfect for teaching respect in the classroom.
Posters are great visuals for students to remind them what respect in the classroom looks like and sounds like. Be sure to add respect posters to the walls of your classroom. These respect posters are filled with lots of respect quotes for kids to read and practice. The posters allow your students to have reminders of how to show and give respect to teachers and each other.
Here are a few suggestions of great read aloud options for teaching respect . If you have suggestions you would like to share, please add your recommendations in the comments portion near the bottom of this blog post.
Teaching respect is another tool inside your classroom management toolbox. You are teaching your students life skills that will help them grow into productive members of society. Everything you do to strengthen your classroom management skills will reduce stress for you and your students. Take the time to get this part right so you don’t have classroom chaos this school year!