Respected & Valued

We feel respected and valued when we believe that others think of us and are treating us like we are unique and important. When students feel respected by peers, they judge their own merits and status more highly and have more self-respect. When students feel valued by teachers, they are less likely to complain and more likely to follow classroom instruction.

Activities

Resources
Cultural Norms
Students partner and participate in an activity in which they tally specific actions while in conversation. The action is compared to a cultural norm and the tally represents the number of times that cultural norm is broken. Students define and discuss the idea of cultural norms, their experiences with breaking them and having their own broken, and best ways to handle such situations in the future.
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What is Respect?
Students reflect silently on their personal definitions of the word “respect.” In small groups, they discuss their personal definitions and work together in small groups to create a “respect vision” that establishes what being respectful means to them. Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger vision of respect for the class.
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Shared Identity
Students are asked to think of someone in their life who seems very different to them in terms of interests, religious or political beliefs, or life experiences. Then, they make a list of all of the things that they likely share in common with this person. Students reflect on how easy or difficult it is to identify similarities and differences with different people and how the process of focusing on similarities may impact our attitudes and actions.
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Different Perspectives
Students will be able to analyze differing perspectives on the same situation, compare their own “smaller” perspectives to others’ perspectives and the “bigger picture”, and apply multiple perspectives to handle situations and solve problems.
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