Classroom Rules of Etiquette
As your child goes back to school, knowing how to behave can be important to his or her success. Learning the rules of etiquette can help your child in their relationships both in and out of the classroom.
Ron Clark, who was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Disney's American Teacher Awards in 2000, wrote The Essential 55, a book detailing the lessons he believes every child should know. Ron says that children like to know what is expected of them, and he uses his rules as guidelines for his own behavior as an educator as well. He shares some of his most important rules, with one caveat: None of them will work unless the children know they're cared for.
Make Eye Contact
When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times. If someone makes a comment, turn and face that person.
If you win or do well at something, do not brag.
If you lose, do not show anger. Instead, say something like, "I really enjoyed the competition, and I look forward to playing you again" or "Good game," or don't say anything at all. To show anger or sarcasm, such as, "I wasn't playing hard anyway. You really aren't that good," shows weakness.
Ask Questions in Return
If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return. If someone asks, "Did you have a nice weekend?" you should answer the question and then ask a question in return. It is only polite to show others that you are just as interested in them as they are in you.
Say 'Excuse Me'
When you cough, sneeze or burp, it is appropriate to turn your head away from others and cover your mouth with the full part of your hand. Using a fist is not acceptable. Afterward, you should say, "Excuse me."
Do Not Make Disrespectful Gestures
Do not smack your lips, tsk, roll your eyes or show disrespect with gestures.
Always Say 'Thank You'
Always say 'Thank you' when someone gives you something. There is no excuse for not showing appreciation.
Never Make Negative Comments About a Gift
When you are given something from someone, never insult that person by making negative comments about the gift or by insinuating that it wasn't appreciated.
Now that your kids are minding their P's and Q's, check out Mr. Clark's guidelines for parents