“The secret to education lies in respecting the student.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Students learn a great deal about respect inside the classroom walls. Not only do they pay attention to how their teachers and classmates treat them, but they also carry expectations for how they should act in return. Mutual respect in the classroom is a noble goal in theory, but hard to achieve because either the student or the teacher is unable to hold up his/her end of the deal. Without mutual respect, learning is elusive and the classroom is quickly gripped by misbehavior and personal conflict.
According to American transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, real learning can only happen when the teacher respects the student.
Learning can only happen when the student respects the teacher. Student respect is a derivative of teacher respect.
What does respect look like in the classroom?