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Teaching with Respect
July 28, 2020
Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.
-Educator Elizabeth Harrison
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Mary Gersten, in an article with the subtitle “Teaching with Respect” (which provides the foundation for an Out of the Box Training Kit) writes:

“How many times do we hear adults say, ‘You knew better than that!’ If children knew better, they would do better. The most effective means of managing a classroom is by having realistic expectations for a child based on his or her age and level of development. Our requests will, then, be connected to what they are capable of doing (not just what we want them to do)…

One of the ways Gersten suggests we can help children feel our respect is by substituting encouragement for praise. She writes: “When [praise is] used in excess, children grow immune to it, and praise becomes ineffective….Praise is also used to compare children. ‘I like how Johnny is sitting quietly.’ [Other children] may respond by thinking…‘Who cares?’ By offering encouragement rather than praise, children learn that they are capable of making good choices on their own. This helps children feel good about themselves and they are, therefore, likely to make that same choice again.”





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The Out of the Box Training Kit, Teaching with Respect, helps teachers understand why respect is important in the interactions we have with all human beings, including young children who spend much of the day in our classrooms. By reading this article and engaging in the experiences, teachers will understand what it means to teach with respect. Teachers will understand why an environment designed around respect is important in the classroom. They will develop concrete ways to express respect in their everyday interactions with children.

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