1. Words matter. They sure do. Like it or not, they're a reflection of our heart, just as our actions are. We need to show others we value them, especially the very people we're charged with teaching, learning with, and learning from. Thanks for this post, George.

  2. George,

    This post tugs at my heart because we do, unintentionally, lack respect for our students at times. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for encouraging us all to do what we expect from our students and colleagues. I'm going to share this with my staff!

    Be Great,


  3. George,

    I was planning on writing a post about the very topic of respect, but feel it would fall short in comparison to what you have written here. One of the biggest things we have to keep in mind is that we are still working with kids. They often do not have the maturity or experience to understand sarcasm or comments made in jest. What may feel like a harmless comment from a teacher can be taken in a very disrespectful manner to a child. As teachers we always want to assume our students are more grown up than they actually are in most cases.

    With that in mind we have to be very mindful of what we say and even more importantly, how we say it. I have seen some sad examples of student's self esteem torn down because of a seemingly innocent comment. In addition, one comment to a kid can stick with them for a lifetime.

    Thanks for this important reminder,


  4. This is a huge issue for me as a school board member and parent. It's very hard to sit through meetings and listen to teachers and administrators talk about enforcing the rules of the classroom and the building without really looking at what it means to respect a child. Our whole system of traditional education does tend to look like something that was invented after a brainstorming session: how can we thwart kids the most?

    Out of respect comes trust, and out of trust comes learning.

  5. As I was reading the elements that students want I couldn't help but think… isn't that what all of us want? …respected, trusted, to know our opinions matter… to follow our interests and passions… yes I think we all want that so it should be easy to make sure our classrooms reflect that… right? Thanks again for a great, thought-provoking post.

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