No, this post is not about school. And yet it is. All of us have been students and most probably still are. We never stop learning and we never stop learning and being inspired by what surrounds us. We all have been teachers too. In one way or the other. Some of us more than others but I bet that if you think about it you will come up with things that you taught someone at some point, no matter how old you are.
Life is a classroom. We all are students and teachers at the same time. Everything we do, everything we observe is a lesson in itself. While some of us decide to make this their “real life” occupation, others are happy to just follow another path, maybe unaware that there’s still a teacher inside of them. Only when we become parents we realize that it’s been a part of us anyway.
What, though, makes a good teacher? What makes the difference between a teacher students like to listen to and want to give their very best for and a teacher everyone wants to walk out of?
I think it’s simple. It’s the same ingredient you need as a parent too:
I couldn’t agree more with Dr Debbie Silver.
It’s the quote most probably all of us have heard: Do unto others what you would have them do unto you. Respect and like your students and they will respect and like you.
I often wonder why this is so hard.
I often wonder why so many parents seem to struggle with this so much. How can it be that we request respect and also affection if we are giving it back or paying it forward?
Sometimes I watch parents and how they treat their kids. It bugs me, the lack of respect. I do get that dealing with a toddler is not always easy. Hey, I’ve been there too. Twice! And yet, how can you teach them to respect you if you don’t show respect to them and their needs too. How can you demand their respect if you don’t treat them with respect?
It doesn’t mean that they can do whatever they please to do. Not at all. It’s the way we interact that makes a difference. If you have a disrespectful approach, how should the child learn to behave differently.
Kids are a mirror of what they see, what surrounds them.
If you want them to be respectful people than show them how it’s done. No matter if you are a teacher or a parent.