Respect- What a wonderful gift to give and receive!
Kids and respect! We forget that children are not born with a built-in sense of respect for others. While each child is different and unique, all children need to be taught to be respectful. Through our efforts at school and everything you do at home, we can help our children learn respectful ways of dealing with the world to get their needs met.
Through our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System), there are three premises our school environment and behavior are based on: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. Respect is our first premise for a reason. When we treat each other with respect and kindness, people respond more favorably and life is much easier for everyone! Responding politely to teachers, friends, and bus drivers are skills all our students are practicing. Sometimes they forget. They need us- family and school-to help support them in their growth of respectful interactions.
Here are some things we are working on to teach respect in school. It may be helpful as you work on these same skills in your home and family.
*As adults, we need to teach respect. We do this through modeling, reinforcing
appropriate behavior, and correcting behavior when disrespect is noted.
*Catch disrespect early and correct it. Make expectations simple and clear.
*Practice using manners. It becomes a habit!
*Use respect when teaching respect. Kids learn what they see and experience.
* Set realistic expectations- set behavior limits ahead of time.
*When problems arise, clarify limits when things are calm. Talk about what happened
Our goal is to help our children learn and experience respectful problem solving and interactions with all. It truly will make life easier and more pleasant for everyone!
I would like to take this opportunity to respectfully thank each family for helping to make our first part of the school year amazing. I wish you and your family a blessed holiday season.
Mrs. Vicky Haas
Wittenberg K-8 Principal