I am reminded of a quote from the 1993 book by Mary Rose O’Reilly, The Peaceable Classroom.
I have always believed I could teach this way, and I still believe I (we) can.
1: a state of tranquillity or quiet:
a: freedom from civil disturbance
b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3: harmony in personal relations
a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments
b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity
—used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell
: in a state of concord or tranquillity
adjective thought·ful \ˈthȯt-fəl\
:serious and quiet because you are thinking
:done or made after careful thinking
:showing concern for the needs or feelings of other people
Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary
All three definitions are useful!
adj: showing concern for the rights and feelings of others
Being considerate is being polite and caring. People like it when you’re considerate of their feelings.
We could all probably be more considerate of others: this word means you’re thinking of other people — considering them — and then treating them decently and with respect. It’s considerate to say “please” and “thank you” to people. It’s considerate to excuse yourself, rather than walking out and slamming the door. Asking someone how they feel is usually considerate. A considerate person is kind and thoughtful — a good person to know.
How can you be considerate today?
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1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay
Simple Definition of respect
: a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.
: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way
: a particular way of thinking about or looking at something
Consider playing the song RESPECT by Aretha Franklin. Discuss the meaning of respect. Have students give examples of what respect looks like and sounds like in action. Put students in groups of four and have them create an acrostic poem for the word RESPECT. Encourage students to be creative and to decorate artfully. Share and post in the classroom or hallway.
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