R. E. S. P. E. C. T.

R. E. S. P. E. C. T.
respect: [ ri-spekt ] esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability
When I was a teacher, I didn’t need for students to like me. I simply needed their respect. I taught content and made them work hard. I had high standards and did my best to challenge them to better themselves.
We read and dissected tough texts–classic American and British literature, typically, with nonfiction works included as well. Hopefully, the skills they learned they are now applying as they read technical manuals, election materials, and slanted posts in online sources.
No, I may not have been their favorite teacher, as I didn’t let them use their phones or listen to music during class. We didn’t go outside and sit on the grass to “read” when the weather turned warmer. We worked hard . . . eventually enjoying a camaraderie as people do when they work side by side on a challenging job.
I wasn’t the perfect teacher, but I cared enough to teach them and to challenge them to do their best. And hopefully I earned their respect.
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