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Classroom Respect Essay

Definition of respect for kids:

"What is respect" is a big concept to grasp. Try this definition of respect for kids, written in terms children can understand, and with examples of what is respect for others and what is respect for self.


A definition of respect includes 1) how you feel about someone and 2) how you treat him/her.

Respect is how you feel about someone

Having respect for someone means you think good things about who a person is or how he/she acts. You can have respect for others, and you can have respect for yourself.


Respect is how you treat someone

Showing respect to someone means you act in a way that shows you care about their feelings and well-being.

Showing respect for others include things like not calling people mean names, treating people with courtesy, caring enough about yourself that you don't do things you know can hurt you.

Examples of what respect is:

  • You admire (respect) a historical figure who stood up for what she believed in, even when it was hard.
  • You are quiet in a library to show that you care about (respect) others' need to read without interruption.
  • You follow your parents' rules to show them you care (respect) how they feel about the situation.
  • You don't call people names because you care about (respect) their feelings.
  • You don't hit or otherwise hurt people because you care about (respect) their well-being.
  • You dress, speak, and act in a way that shows you care about what you know is right and safe, because you care about (respect) yourself and your well-being.
  • You don't interfere with other people's right to look, think, or act differently than you because you care about (respect) their feelings and well-being.

So what is respect?

  • Respect is thinking and acting in a positive way about yourself or others.
  • Respect is thinking and acting in a way that shows others you care about their feelings and their well-being.

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Respect Teaching Resources

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

If you are using the video, ask the first question before viewing.

1.  Agree or disagree: It's okay to insult or make fun of people as long as they don't hear it.

2.  What are some common signs of disrespect that you see in people here at school? How do you feel about that?

3.  What do you dislike most about the way people treat each other here at school? What do you like the most? Why do you feel that way?

4.  Are there a lot of put-downs here at school? Are put-downs a sign of disrespect? How, in what way?

5.  Is there a difference between a put-down and an insult? What's the difference?

6.  Do you have to like a person in order to be respectful, or can you be respectful to someone even if you don't particularly care for him or her?

7.  When you're with a group of kids, what things might other people do or say that make you feel good? What things make you feel bad?

8.  Do you think there is racism here at school? How is it expressed? How does that make you feel?

9.  Have you, personally, ever experienced racism or some other type of prejudice? What happened? How did it make you feel?

10.  Do the kids in your school tend to stay within their own racial and ethnic groups, or do they mix. Why do you think that happens here?

11.  Several of the kids in the video commented that they feel pressure to stay with their own kind rather than mixing. Do you find the same pressures here at your school?

12.  Do you think people are afraid of differences sometimes? Can you give some examples? Why do you think that's true?

13.  Is it harder to respect someone who is very different from us? Why?

14.  What are the benefits of having friends who are different from us?

15.  Have you ever learned something new about a different culture from a friend?

16.  How well do you kids know each other? What things stand in the way of getting to know people better?

17.  What responsibilities do you feel you have toward your classmates?

18.  Is it ever okay to treat another person with disrespect?

19.  What are the benefits of treating people with respect?

20.  The kids in this video said they think everybody is entitled to be treated with respect. Do you agree?

21.  What was most meaningful to you in this video?

22.  Did anybody in this video say anything you disagree with? What would you say to that person?

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