Creating Respectful Classrooms - How do we implement classroom management strategies that support and maintain respectful teaching environments?

Respect poster

The two questions educators usually ask when thinking about classroom management:

A mutually-respectful classroom community is built upon two essential things:

  1. Building trust in your classroom. To do this, you must have the belief that if a student builds a positive relationship with his/her peers and the teacher, they will make a positive attachment to people they trust and they will have a better chance to succeed.
  2. Coming to class prepared each and every day with a content-rich, methods specific lesson plan designed to peak student interest.

Creating such a community is not easy, does not take place overnight, and requires commitment and flexibility.  It also requires:

Sample approaches to creating a mutually-respectful classroom. Any or all of the approaches must be establshed in the very first days of your teaching year.

Fried goes on to say that there are three simple rules to a respectful classroom:

  1. Every person deserves - and owes - respect;
  2. Nobody may interfere with another person's right to learn; and
  3. School is a place to learn how to settle disputes by talking through them.