Spencer’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Word of the Month is RESPECT.
In other words….The Golden Rule…Treat others as you want to be treated.
What’s so great about respect anyway? Why does it matter in the grand scheme
of things? By definition, respect means to demonstrate "high regard" for or
special attention to something or someone.
Being respected by important people in our lives growing up teaches us how to
be respectful toward others. We learn to accept others for who they are, even
when they are different from us or we don't agree with their opinion.
The key here is to stop focusing on you, and start thinking and caring about
others. Every person you meet can teach you something. Pay attention to your
surroundings and the people in your life. Sometimes you need to stop talking
and listen. Genuinely listen to people and try to understand them. Every person
has something unique to offer to the world, and that includes you.
Showing respect to others can be done in different ways. When meeting
someone new, shaking hands is a sign of respect. When someone is talking to
you, make good eye contact with them to show you are truly listening to them.
When you pass by someone say Hello. Hold the door open for the person
behind you. Be quiet in a library. Walking around, rather than through,
someone’s yard. Treat people with courtesy, politeness, and kindness.
One easy way to know whether you are being respectful is to simply ask yourself
this question: “How will what I am about to say or do make that person or others
feel? Will it create a positive reaction, or will it embarrass or possibly lower the
esteem of the other person?”
Like Aretha Franklin put it…R-E-S-P-E-C-T…Find out what it means to me….
Stand firm in your convictions.
Play fair and smart.
Extend a helping hand.
Cause no harm.
Think before you speak.