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Respect is knowing I am Unique, valuable, loveable and capable.

What is respect?

  • Respect means showing regard and appreciation for the worth of someone or something.
  • It means honour and esteem.
  • It includes respect for self, respect for the rights and dignity of all persons, and respect for the environment that sustains life.
  • Respect keeps us from hurting what we ought to value.

Why is respect important?

  • Much of the universal values and virtues that contribute to the good of the individual and society and affirm our human dignity are derived from the value of respect and the value of responsibility.
  • We need respect to collaborate and to have a peaceful world. 

Children with respect

  • Listen
  • Keep unkind thoughts to themselves
  • Speak kindly to teachers and others
  • Play fairly and wait their turn
  • Raise their hands before talking
  • Say "please" and "thank you"
  • Clean up after themselves
  • Share

Proverbs and maxims

  • Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness. (Seneca)
  • I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them. (Herbert H. Lehman)


  • Abraham Lincoln - respected his enemies and modeled understanding, forgiveness, and kindness. He was committed to restoring the union and freeing the slaves.

Set goals for yourself

  • Respect for yourself
  • Respect for other people
  • Respect for property
  • Respect for rules
  • Respect for differences
  • Respect for the environment

Respect on the telephone

  • Ask the person you are calling if it is a good time to talk
  • Don't call friends or family during the hours around dinner time or too early or too late
  • Keep background noise down
  • Limit the amount of time you talk
  • Take accurate phone messages
  • Don't interrupt
  • Say "please" and "thank you"

Put respect into action

  • Practice the Golden Rule
  • Practice Random Acts of Kindness
  • Practice saying "please" and "thank you" and "excuse me"
  • Make a point of not teasing and encourage your friends not to
  • Be patient with yourself and others when a mistake is made
  • Practice good table manners
  • Make an effort not to gossip
  • Make an effort to not swear
  • Be courteous toward everyone
  • Learn how to properly introduce yourself

Community service ideas

  • Entertain senior citizens at a retirement home
  • Correspond with students from another country and learn about each other's culture
  • Volunteer to help the disabled
  • Share with another school the meaning of respect by exchanging art projects, writings, and other ideas. Try to exchange visits

"The Golden Rule"

  • "Treat others as you wish to be treated yourself."
  • The Golden Rule urges all people to treat one another with dignity and respect.


  • Respect means using good manners; being courteous and polite, speaking to others in a kind voice; using polite body language.
  • Respect means showing consideration toward other people (including your elders, parents, guardians, teachers, peers, siblings, other family members, employers, and people in authority).
  • Respect means honoring other people's wants, needs, ideas, differences, beliefs, customs, and heritage.
  • Respect means caring for other living things and the earth (animals, plants, the environment).
  • Respect means obeying the rules, laws, and customs of your family, faith, community, and country.

Other activities

  • Write a poem about respect. What does it mean to you? Or write a story about an incident where someone shows respect or disrespect. Perform it as a skit.
  • Make a list of disrespectful words and phrases. Replace with compliments, congratulations, and encouragement.
  • Learn about netiquette or proper behavior using the computer for communication.
  • Learn about etiquette for different occasions such as meeting new people, giving a party, eating a meal, writing a thank you note, participating in sports.