Ways to Get More Respect From Your Students Sometimes students don't seem to know that their teacher is a human being with feelings, thoughts, and concerns beyond the curriculum. Students in junior school are so wrapped up in the lives of their friends and social media that teachers don't seem to exist unless confronted by one. Teachers are to be ignored or tolerated at best. In the reasoning of many teens, teachers are barely human and don't deserve their respect. So how can teachers get more respect from students? Pick and choose some of the following suggestions to prove that you deserve the utmost respect. 1. On the first day of school stand by the door and shake the hand of each of your students. Greet students by their first name and a handshake as they zip into the room. Squeeze in a smile, too. How will you know student names? During long breaks look at their file folder pictures and memorize their names and faces. They will be shocked that you took the time and energy to learn who they were before they even walked into the classroom. They may even consider you to be a Good Witch or Wizard with special talents that you will be revealed as the school year rolls along. 2. Always let your students know that you support them emotionally. Students and teachers are all nervous on the first day of school wondering what the year will be like and turn out to be. Will it be a good year or a bad year? Will they make some new friends? Will they accomplish their goals? On that day of first impressions, I like to introduce them to a poem called "On the First Day of School." It's a chance to relax, laugh a little, and get rid of student angst. 3. You have to discuss class rules, of course, but with an added twist. Create this one rule of your own which is golden: No mocking in the classroom. It just isn't allowed, as in never. This also puts you on notice to follow up immediately when it happens. Walk briskly over to the student and whisper something in their ear such as "Do you really want three days of detention?" or something else they truly don't want to do. Students need to know that your classroom is a Safe Haven. Article written by Prepclass Home Tutors.