Students need respect, too! The following list from Resetting Respect offers some suggestions for all those who work with students.
Ways to Respect Your Students
1) Listen carefully to each student.
2) Give appropriate and helpful feedback.
3) Be clear about and give frequent reminders of expectations.
4) Be clear, fair and consistent about consequences.
5) Don’t compare students to their siblings or make frequent references to them.
6) Recognize the attention spans and activity levels of your students and design the day accordingly.
7) Avoid demeaning or humiliating any student either in front of the class or in one-on-one situations.
8) Avoid using sarcasm with students. They frequently won’t understand it and will be further confused by it.
9) Allow students to participate in establishing classroom guidelines.
10) Find out what the students want to learn, and incorporate as much of that as possible into the curriculum.
11) Present new material a variety of ways that address different learning styles, providing an opportunity for all students to learn the new content.
12) Create an atmosphere that encourages the students to share their problems and concerns with you, and then strategize with the students to address those issues.
Note to Communities, School Administrations and School Boards: For students to feel respected and to understand that you consider their education valuable and important, as well as for them to be able to learn, schools themselves must be safe, clean, and in good repair.