All educators should have respect for students at all times. It seems today that the media jumps at every opportunity to showcase an educator who has made a poor decision in judgment. One of the most prevalent issues highlighted is that of a teacher continuously berating or disrespecting a student or group of students. This type of behavior is unacceptable. All educators expect their students to be respectful to them. However, shouldn’t the opposite hold true and be even more important? Conduct a search on Google or YouTube for “teacher abuse” and the number of examples you will find of such unprofessional conduct is embarrassing to the profession. Educators should be adult enough, professional enough, and smart enough not to conduct themselves in this manner. It only takes one time to find yourself on YouTube, embarrassed, and out of a job in an age where every student has a cell phone. Sometimes we forget where many of these students come from and the situations that they deal with on a daily basis. School should be a safe haven and kids should trust all of their administrators, teachers, and staff members.


Importance of respect for students

Every kid is different and these differences should be embraced. Our job would be boring in case all kids were the same. It is important to realize that there are tremendous differences in each individual student and with each individual class. A 3rd grader cannot handle what a 6th grader can handle and so on. Try to have patience and understanding when dealing with a student. Think about your response, and choose your words carefully. Your tone matters as much as what you say before you say anything. We expect our students to be respectful to us and we should in turn be respectful to them at all times. This isn’t always easy, but you must always handle interactions with students in a positive manner. You should never berate or embarrass a student. It is best to address them separately from the class. The key is talk to them, not down to them. Kids are going to make mistakes. It would be ignorant to think that they won’t. You are setting yourself and them up for failure if you do. There is a difference between having high expectations and having unrealistic expectations. Preconceived notions can and will destroy a relationship with a student. Everyone deserves a second chance. Allow someone this chance and you will find that they will surprise you more often than not. There are several things that a teacher can do to lose their students’ respect. Doing any of these things can lead you on a path towards disaster. It is best to avoid the following practices. Never treat students differently based on personal interest and also never misuse your authority and do not create rules that can be perceived as unfair. There are several things that a teacher can do to earn their students’ respect.