How to Show Respect at School

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How to Show Respect at School
Respect is mutual. (students reading book image by fotosergio from

School is a place for learning and higher achievement. You not only learn from class curriculums and textbooks, you also learn from the interactions that you have each day with your teachers, classmates, friends and school staff. You may not receive a grade for social interactions, but the experiences you have in school will help to shape and mould you into the person you are going to be. Showing respect in school is imperative to your development. These tools will most definitely affect how you treat people and how you are treated for the rest of your life.

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    Be on time. Being punctual is a sign of respect for everyone's time, including your teacher, your classmates and your own. When you show up on time, you won't have to worry about rushing to get organised or disrupting the class with a tardy entrance.

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    Raise your hand. Raise your hand before you blurt out the answer or a question. It shows respect for your classmates, so they might have a chance to share opinions, and ask or answer questions. It also shows respect to your teacher, who needs order to make sure that everyone has a fair turn to speak and learn.

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    Be punctual with assignments. Chances are good that your teacher has many papers to grade. Respect his time by making sure that you turn your assignments in promptly. This also helps to make sure that you do not slip behind in class. This is certainly a tool that will help you to earn respect from your teacher. When you begin your professional life, you will most definitely earn respect from your boss by making or beating deadlines.

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    Be alert. If you have eye contact with your teacher, it sends her the signal that you are paying attention and listening to what she is saying to you and not just drifting away in thought, as many students do. Be attentive in class, and you will stand out.

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    Follow directions. Following directions is the action you can take to show that you are actively listening to your teacher. Many times, simple problems can be solved, just by following the directions given. Every teacher appreciates a student who can do this effectively.

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    Address people by their proper names. All teachers, school staff and adults should be called, "Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms." This formal tone shows respect. Although you have a much more informal relationship with your peers, you should still respect them by calling them by their names or preferred nicknames. Just make sure that your peer likes a nickname before you use it.

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    Be kind to others. Being thoughtful and kind is an invaluable gift that you can give to others every single day. Throughout your school career, you may find that there are people who you do not like. It's OK not to like someone, but you can have a respectful relationship with anyone. People respect those who are kind and respect boundaries, property and people. Treat others how you would like to be treated.

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