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our talk.

This week I have been working with some stellar teachers.  My role in their rooms has been that of a team teacher and so it’s been easy for me to absorb things from them.  One of the things I’ve been struck by is the way they talk with their students.  They are so kind, so respectful, so honoring.

I’m reminded how important it is to offer dignity to students via the way we respond to them.  We must use our words to instill confidence and hope and worth in our students.  We must be gentle even when we’re frazzled and positive even when we’re stressed. 

I’m thankful for those teachers who inspire me by their actions.  Those who are role models for the way I want to treat students.

Ruth Ayres View All

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3 thoughts on “our talk. Leave a comment

  1. Dignity is the key, isn’t it? One of the teachers I work with has her professional mission statement posted. The first line is: “I will treat all students with dignity.” As you can imagine, her room is a pleasant place to be.

    Thanks so much for your thoughts. I love the way we can grow our thinking through sharing ideas.


  2. I love this blog! As a children’s book author who visits schools often, I learn a lot from teachers. And the ones who treat their students with dignity are always the best ones – and their classroom atmospheres reflect that.

    My hat is off to all you teachers – especially writing teachers!!
    Barbara O’Connor


  3. I think it’s important to remind ourselves of this frequently – that respect for our students is at the heart of our ability to teach them. I think “offering them dignity” is a very good way to put it. I’ll try to think of that term when I’m ready to pull some student’s head off because of the way he/she is behaving. If we can address them with respect and “offer them dignity,” perhaps they’ll believe themselves capable of better than what they are giving.


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