Respect seems to be disappearing. What happened to it? I know I'm a young teacher and that certainly impacts the way I'm viewed by students, but holy moly--sometimes I'm surprised by the things they say/do to myself and others. They say a picture's worth a thousand words. I'll let you determine what the following two thousand words are.
Regarding respectful behavior, well, I model it like WOAH! I never yell and I always use "the magic word." I keep calm but coach and encourage students often. It's already paying off. I see many of my kiddos rephrasing their statements to each other. ("Shut up!" --> "Could you please stop talking so loudly?") But it's certainly a process. In my room, whining = more work for you. We've lost a lot of opportunities in the first few weeks too--but they're quick to learn how to keep their mouths closed if they have something negative to say! :D I was a little scared the first few days of school, but I'm learning that 3rd graders really can be "molded." It does take a LOT of patience and smiles and correcting and encouragement, but my goal is to produce 20 respectful youngins!
Now...what other great tidbits can you fabulous educators out there give me on how to instill respect in today's children?