Sunday, September 23, 2018

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Third grade. First row. Last seat. That's where I was supposed to be sitting when Mrs. Drake told me to sit down because she was reading from Paddington Bear. I still remember how that moment affected me. Mrs. Drake was unhappy with me. I still remember how I NEVER DID IT AGAIN.

I had nothing but respect and love for my teachers. I couldn't imagine doing anything that would upset them or make them think I was doing anything but my best every day. When I failed to do that, it bothered me so badly that I had to write a blog about it nearly forty years later. 

As a result, I instilled this into my own kids. They knew never to be disrespectful to their teachers and if they were, they would definitely remember their moment forever and not do it again. Something tells me they remember every time a teacher had to say their names in a less than ideal way, too. 

I know that not everyone has had the same experiences in school that I had. For example, if you had a bad experience with teachers, then it may be harder for you to teach your children respect. But is it, really? Don't we all know that the right thing to do is respect our teachers? 

We are always saying that we have to change with the times. Teachers are constantly changing. We are known for our flexibility. Every day is different. We have to teach things we never thought we'd have to teach. We spend months learning a new curriculum only to have it change within a few years. We change, update, learn, grow, fail, and succeed every day. 

One thing that should never have changed: R-E-S-P-E-C-T. It should not be something we are tweaking or updating. It should stay constant. Never changing! Always remaining! Respect your teachers, kids! 

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