Pass the R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Respect for one another is one of the greatest tools against students mistreating other students. One way to teach respect is to play “Pass the Respect”. Start by defining the word “respect” for your students which is having a high regard for someone else so you say and do things to them that are the right thing. Then write the word RESPECT on an object such as a can, card, block, etc. Have the children sit in a circle on the floor and have each student state a way in which they can show respect to the person sitting next to them. Have the speaking student pass the RESPECT object on to the person sitting next to them and continue the game until the object goes all the way around the circle. You will likely have to guide them in getting started. After the exercise and as you notice students showing respect to others, allow them to have the RESPECT object at their desk or on display with their name attached for the rest of that day.
by Allyson Willis