All this month we have been learning about Respect and the idea of treating others like you want to be treated. In many classes we read Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches, and discussed how treating others differently because they may look or act different is certainly NOT showing respect. This is one of my favorite lessons because the children are truly shocked that anyone would act so awful over something as silly as a “star upon thars.” Then we relate that star to hair color, clothing, gender, and any other perceived “difference” we see around us, and they fervently agree it would be absurd to treat someone badly or tease them because of these differences. Oh, if they could only stay so young and innocent!
Continuing on the theme, we also took time at our Professional Development on Friday to have a staff-wide discussion about respect. Teachers gave input on what respect means to them from various sources, including parents, other teachers, and administration. Below are their answers, which might help you in fostering a positive relationship with your child's teacher.
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