Though some students may feel that certain teachers are “out to get them,” that is not really the case. Sometimes our own behavior plays a key role in how people treat us, and if we ourselves are not showing the proper respect, how can we expect it from our teachers? Teachers provide us with lifelong lessons that are valuable to our futures, and deserve the utmost respect from their students. By following some of these suggestions, students will be able to see if they are treating their teachers with respect.

Be on Time

This is particularly true for high school or college students. Showing up late to every single class gives the impression that a student simply does not care. Being on time and ready to learn shows the teacher that the student is there and interested in what they have to present, thus showing respect for the teacher and the class.

Raise Your Hand

It may seem silly at times to always have to raise your hand if you want to be heard, but think about it from a teacher's perspective. They need to have a system in place to make sure that 30 students are not talking all at once. Therefore, the considerate thing to do as a student is to raise your hand and wait to be called upon.

Listen and Follow Instructions

No one likes to repeat themselves, especially 30 times, so always make sure that you listen and follow instructions. Sometimes people do miss a word or two and that is understandable, but it is not acceptable if a student is busy talking and not paying attention. There are plenty of places to relax and have fun, but the classroom is not one of them--and choosing to ignore a teacher's instructions shows that a student does not wish to be a part of the class. If students wish to show a teacher the proper respect, they will follow directions, complete activities correctly and raise their hands if they have questions.

Bring in Your Homework

Repeatedly not bringing in assigned work also gives the impression that the student does not care about the class. A good, respectful student will always be ready with their homework when the teacher requests it. Sometimes difficulties occur that prevent an assignment, and often it is a good idea to talk with the teacher and let them know why an assignment was not completed. If such a situation happens, always tell the truth and ask for any tutoring if needed.

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