Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
—The Golden Rule
There are many things teachers do in and out of the classroom that can affect students’ perceptions of the concern and respect they have for them. Some of the issues that were dealt with in both previous chapters and will be dealt with in subsequent ones can affect their perceptions of both, at least indirectly. We will focus in this chapter on some of the possible impacts that demonstrating concern and respect for students can have on both students and teachers and on some do’s, don’ts, and maybes for doing so. Almost all of the do’s, don’ts, and maybes, incidentally, were abstracted from interviews with students.
Your ability to be helpful to students will be affected by the amount of concern and respect that they believe you have for them as learners and as people. Students are more likely to both pay attention to and attempt to please teachers whom they believe really care about and respect them than they are those whom they believe have little or no real interest to them. They’re also more likely to use teachers as role models whom they believe really care about and respect them.
Demonstrating concern and respect for students can also benefit you in