Everything is relational, but…

Everything is relational, but you can’t build a relationship if they don’t respect you.

Fill in the blank: People gain respect in my community by ___________________.

In my community, you gain respect by not taking any crap. You gotta be strict, in charge, and you have to stick to your word. You can also be a little funny on the side.

In other communities, you gain respect by being rational and talking out decisions.

And in a community where I used to work, the easiest way to gain respect was to be good at sports.

Respectability feeds into many other aspects of the cultural iceberg, so ask yourself: Who do your students respect, and what is this person doing to gain respect?

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