Creating a Respectful Learning Environment

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  • 0:34 The Role of a Teacher
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
What is respect? How can teachers create a respectful learning environment? Teachers, students, and schools all play a role in fostering respect for others in academic settings. This lesson offers useful strategies for promoting inclusion and respectful behavior in schools.


We're all the same, yet we are all different. We're the same in that all of us want to feel like our feelings and views are being respected. We're different in that we may have different cultural and family backgrounds or we come from a unique community.

Even when we have differences of opinion, we still want our opinions to be respected. This is true whether you are 90 or 9. And this is why it's important to create a respectful learning environment for children and be inclusive of all cultural, socioeconomic, or religious backgrounds.

The Role of a Teacher

Respect is a term that refers to courtesy, esteem for another person or their viewpoints, and deference to someone else's rights and positions. Most adults are aware of the notion of respect and teachers play an important role in creating a respectful learning environment for children. Teachers should strive to show sincere respect when it comes to a colleague's cultural background, a student's family situation, and the community they live in.

Teachers do not necessarily have to rely on made-up opportunities to teach their students about respect, nor does it have to be a part of a formal lesson. This may help in some cases, but it isn't always necessary because students can learn from observing respectful behavior demonstrated by their teachers and other adults. This is why it's important teachers are cognizant of how they interact with their colleagues and students on a day-to-day basis. To sum it up, students can be taught proper respect by simply observing teachers model respectful behaviors towards others.

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