School is where students learn that manners are important when conducting oneself and interacting with others.
Manners are taught at home to but not all children come to school with a clear concept of what constitutes manners. So the earlier students are taught good manners, the better it is because habits are easier to learn when we are younger, rather than when we are older.
Here are 7 ways in which you can teach your younger students good manners.
1. The Importance Of Please And Thank You – Saying please and thank you are basic courtesies that all of us should know about. However, the sad part is that most people believe these to be superficial niceties. From the very beginning, stress the importance of the magic words, please and thank you to your students. Also, make sure that you too use these words when you request something from your students. Supervise how your students talk to you and others and keep reminding them of the magic words they need to use. You can also hang up posters around the class that remind students, about what constitute magic words.
2. An Inside Voice, An Outside Voice – Voice modulation is something that children don’t really think about. Teach your students that there need to be two kinds of voices that we use inside and outside the classroom. Teach them that inside voices are low and clear, without being too loud. Outside voices, if they are playing outside or talking to their friends can be louder or different from their inside voices. For example, when you want to give your students some free time, then tell them that in order to earn the free time, they must use their inside voices for a certain period and must continue to do so during the free time period. If they don’t use their inside voices, then you will cancel their free period and give them a tough assignment.
3. Knock To Enter – In order to teach your students about the importance of knocking doors before they enter a room, teach your students about the concept of privacy. Ask them how they would feel, if somebody barged into their room, without even knocking or asking permission to enter and what if they were changing clothes or were sleeping or working on something. Wouldn’t they feel bad that their privacy was being interrupted? Make them realize that intruding on someone’s privacy is not a very nice thing and that before entering a room, children should knock on doors or ask for permission to come in.
4. No Talking Out Of Turn – Young children generally talk a lot and most of the time, should be encouraged to do. They always look for a way to put their bright thoughts into words, even in unwelcoming situations. Conduct a discussion on a simple topic and ask your students to talk only when it is their turn, if they talk out of turn they will lose a point. Let your students know about welcoming and unwelcoming situations to talk. Involve your students frequently in discussions where they wait for their turn to talk. This teaches students to think of the situation before they start talking.
5. The Importance Of Apologies – Like please and thank you, sorry should also be considered a magic word. Sorry may be a simple word but it has great importance, a simple apology can strengthen a relationship. Let your students know the value of an apology, ask them how they would feel if their friend or sibling troubles them and how they would feel if the same friend or sibling admits his mistake and apologize. Make them realize that admitting one’s mistake and apologizing leads to self-improvement.
6. Being Respectful To Both The Young And Old – This is one of the most important values you should teach your students because the way you treat others tells a lot about you. Teach your students that respecting people around them helps them be better individuals and makes their world a nicer place to live in. Teach them that they can expect respect from people around them only if they respect them and that, the easiest way to do so is treating people the way you like to have them treat you.
7. A Pleasant Disposition – Teach your students about the importance of being sympathetic, good-natured and caring for people. Let them know that a pleasant disposition and a positive attitude can help them overcome most problems of their life. Ask them how they would feel about a person who speaks politely, cares for them and tries to teach them things convincingly and about someone who doesn’t care for anyone’s feelings and is always complaining. This helps students understand the importance of inculcating values like sympathy and care.
Have you tried any of the above methods to teach manners to your students? Or have you tried some other ways? Please share your experiences and ideas with us in the comments section below!