Not sure why I continue to think about this question except that it feels so important to me and I really want to grow in this area. I certainly agree with Carolyn’s comment of requiring students to practice the courtesy of a “Good morning” when they enter the classroom. That practice was really drilled into me the years I taught in Central America. Hearing that in public schools in Belize they actually sent a child home who dared enter the classroom without greeting the teacher set the stage for me to also give this common respect a high value! Since this discussion on the forum I have been more consciously aware of and intentionally asking myself how I cultivate respect in the classroom. I find that when I speak quietly and respectfully to them, it really is OK to (even publicly) ask a student who used a disrespectful tone to try again — “Could you say that again in a respectful tone?” When a child has been hurt by others (or at times by me), modeling compassion — “I am really sorry you felt disrespected. It matters how you feel” – helps build a safe atmosphere and in the process this translates into more respect for each other. I delight too in how it adds to a “we are on the same team” atmosphere.