Good or bad impressions can be projected in any situation involving another person. Children that are well-mannered and display strong character values make it easy for teachers to maintain a positive atmosphere in the classroom. Well, how about your child? Do you think he or she has started the school year off on a good foot with their teachers? We never want our children to be associated with negative overtones or impressions so here are some things you can do or share with your child in order to make sure they are putting their best foot forward concerning their teachers.
If you so happen to sense or perceive your child may not have been putting their best foot forward, with your help, they can still make a favorable impression :) Studies show that when one bad impression is given, it takes about eight good impressions to fix it. Ok, on with the tips:
#1. Arrive on time
This probably has more to do with us, parents, than the children but getting kids up and ready in the mornings can seem like an act right out of a traveling circus but however you need to do it, do it well. When a child is tardy it definitely leaves a bad impression on not only their teacher but office personnel as well when you have to sign them in late. Being on time creates a studious impression and shows that your child is ready to begin his or her day off on the right foot. Imagine how your children feel when they are being rushed and getting somewhere at the last minute. Probably, really discombobulated (is that spelled right...) and uncomfortable. If we can avoid it by getting up a little earlier or prepping at night, why not? We want to teach our kids proper things by example too, right?
#2. Be quiet and listen
This seems to be useful in life, period. Being able to listen more than you talk is an important skill to have in order to ensure you are absorbing all there is to know before taking action. Teach your child to be attentive to their teacher when they are speaking and don't interrupt them. Only ask questions if you still do not understand after you have listened to everything that was spoken.
#3. Follow directions
Teach your children to follow directions when they are given and wait till they are given the go ahead to carry them out. Teach them in order to listen they have to be quiet so they can hear when the teacher is speaking. Encourage them to do it the way the teacher explained as it is best. When a child determines they don't want to follow directions and do something their way, can frustrate the teacher and cause disruption for other kids.
#4. Raising hands
Show your children it is always best to politely raise their hands in group sessions when they need to ask their teacher a question or give an answer. Usually, teachers love to see kids being mannerable in this way and they tend to sometimes call on the student that is raising their hand politely than a child who is being anxious and yelling at them.
#5. Please and Thank You
These words are just mere words but they can have a huge impact. Reminding our children to say please, thank you and you're welcome are excellent ways to make a good impression as well.
Hopefully, this information can provide some direction for good manners in the classroom for your child. The biggest thing with kids is consistency. Not only should they practice these things in the classroom but in the home or wherever they may go. Good manners will carry them a long way!
We are available to help teach your kids good manners and etiquette as well. Contact us via our site or toll free at 800-95-MORAL and let us know what we can do to help.