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Earning Your Students' Respect!
January 04, 2014

Earning Your Students' Respect!

Well it looks like the Winter Break is almost over and it is time for students and teachers to return to the classroom. When students return to your classroom Monday morning, they may not be too excited about being back in school. Let's face it, you are probably not very excited either!

However, your attitude Monday morning will make a world of difference on how your students respond to you. It's a new year and time for a fresh start and approach to teaching!

We have received many emails with questions about how to make students respect the teacher. Many teachers across the nation have written to tell us that their New Year's Resolution is to demand more respect from their students. So, how do teachers earn student respect?

Regardless of how interesting your subject is or how dynamic the instruction, you are not a good teacher if your students don't respect you. Respect is priceless because you can't buy it or force it. You earn it through your actions. It is difficult to define. It is intangible.

As teachers, you balance so many roles throughout the day: disciplinarian, motivator, humorist, listener, adviser, evaluator, entertainer, guide, comforter, lecturer, and role model. On top of all that, you must teach the content! It may seem like having the respect of students is inconsequential in the midst of all our duties. It is not! Without student respect, everything else is pointless and counter-productive!

Having your students' respect is the biggest and most important asset you or any other teacher can bring to school each day. Without it, we cannot be truly successful.

How do we earn our students' respect?

It's not as complicated or difficult as you might think. There are many ways the unwary teacher can cause students to lose respect, but there are some basic ways to earn it too.

Focus on each of the following tips carefully and incorporate them into every day until they become habit. You'll earn your students' respect and teaching will become so rewarding! I promise!

  • Don't lose your temper. Losing control of your temper is a death wish as a teacher. Students will lose respect for you faster than you can blink!

  • Know the material you teach! Nothing causes students to lose respect for you if you have no idea what you are talking about. Make sure you know your material!

  • Treat students fairly. Kids are smart and know when they or another student is simply being treated unfairly. Practice fairness regardless if you like the student or not!

  • When you've made a mistake, admit it and apologize. Students will greatly respect you if you have the ability to own up to a mistake and admit it.

  • Assign work that is appropriate and challenging. Bored students become disrespectful students.

  • Assign a sufficient amount of work that correlates with the lesson. Your lessons, activities, assignments must make sense!

  • Don't treat students too harshly. Again, practice fairness!

  • Be sensitive to students' needs/struggles. Showing empathy for a student who is struggling either academically, socially, or personally creates a bond that generates respect!

  • Don't be emotionally unstable in front of your students. If you are having a bad day because of personal reasons, do not show it to your students. Take a break, go outside for a few minutes, whatever it takes. Blubbering in front of your students because your boyfriend dumped you is a sure-fire way to lose your students' respect!

  • Be a good adult role model through your actions and words!

Trust me, I know the above can be hard sometimes. Especially when everything is overwhelming and we are at the end of our rope. However, if you keep this list at the forefront of your mind each day, you will succeed! Students WILL respect you. And in turn, this creates less classroom disruption and problems! It is guaranteed!

There is no better substitute for improving the way we teach than to be self-critical. When you examine the way you fulfill your role as a teacher by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, everything will fall into place.

We have three IMPORTANT assessments to help you evaluate how well you earn your students' respect:

  • The first one involves the issue of permissiveness, an area we all struggle in to make good decisions for our students and ourselves!

  • The second one is a way for you to examine your strengths and weaknesses in 20 important areas.

  • The third assessment is one your students complete to help you determine how well you have earned their respect.

All you have to do is contact us at to request the three FREE assessments. We will send them to you via email as a Microsoft Word attachment!! Simply click here to request the 3 FREE assessments!

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