Respecting All People. . .
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When I think of cooperation, I think of many things.  One are that often goes unnoticed as a correlation to cooperation is the respect of rules and of those who are in authority.  This is an area (respect of rules and authority) I have noticed some of our students struggle with on a daily basis.  Why?  There are many reasons why students struggle with respect.  What are some things parents and guardians can do to teach their children how to respect established rules and those in authority? Be a good role model.  Let your child see that you follow the rules.  Sometimes, it is the little things you do that send the loudest message.  The old saying, "Actions speak louder than words" rings true here. Think about your own agenda.  Do you have aspirations that your child may one day be a sports superstar?  If and when kids get the message that winning is the only important thing, they may do whatever it takes to come out on top, including disrespecting the rules and those in charge. Teach your child good sportsmanship.  Julius Erving once said something to the effect that it is important to know how to win without bragging and lose without crying.  These are tough lessons, but invaluable in the long run. Look for teachable moments.  Talk with your child about how characters behave in the books they read and the television shows they watch.  What can be learned from those characters?  How do they act & react?  Positively?  Negatively?  The most important thing to remember is that we all have a stake in the future of our children's lives.  What can you do to make a difference? Always learning, Mrs. Heinecke
Posted by mheinecke  On Nov 17, 2017 at 8:50 AM
As well all know, respect extends to all people~especially those who we consider different than us.  Getting along with others and making friends goes more smoothly if we all show respect toward those around us.  Furthermore, having positive relationships allows focusing on learning to come much easier for students in school. What are some ways as adults we can help our students and children respect those who might be a bit different?  Here are ways to think about those who are different: some people might have had an illness or accident that causes them to have their disability.  Others might have been born that way even though a person has a disability, they also have MANY abilities.  People in wheelchairs can do things you might not be able to do. look for similarities with those who are different.  For example liking the same sport, game, or musical artist. ask questions politely.  Children should know that it might be okay to ask questions if they are polite and respectful. And as a parting thought, as adults we need to think about our reactions to people with disabilities.  How do we react to and treat those who are different? Always learning, Mrs. Heinecke
Posted by mheinecke  On Sep 21, 2017 at 9:28 AM