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Gaining Respect Marianne Francone

A teacher quickly learns that students have a sixth sense which tells them whether adults really care about and respect them. If a teacher does not communicate respect, he/she will not receive respect. One must adhere to several "Golden Rules." 
  1. KNOW THYSELF
    • Be aware of your own beliefs and attitudes.
    • Be aware of your body language and what it communicates.
    • Identify your buttons and limits.
    • Understand your needs; leave your "baggage" at the door.

  2. ESTABLISH TRUST
    • Get to know your students.
    • Communicate genuine caring and interest.
    • Be consistent and fair.

  3. BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL
    • Be aware that students study your interactions with colleagues, parents, and other students.

  4. NEVER EMBARRASS OR BELITTLE STUDENTS.

  5. REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN A "BATTLE OF WITS"; LET IT GO.

  6. BE ACCEPTING OF DIVERSITY.
    • Be aware of behaviors that reflect student culture.
    • Seek information relating to the cultural diversity of your class.

  7. ADMIT YOUR MISTAKES.

  8. BE AN ADVOCATE FOR YOUR STUDENTS.
    • Make positive phone calls to parents.
    • Communicate resources for parents.

  9. CATCH 'EM BEING GOOD.
    • Give praise often.
    • Use vicarious reinforcement (reinforcing those students who are exhibiting a behavior you want another to demonstrate), and motivating creative rewards.

  10. "DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU."
    • Refrain from yelling.
    • Exhibit a positive, proactive manner.
    • Be enthusiastic.
    • Do not ridicule or use sarcasm.
    • Smile!

 

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