MODESTO — My father, the high school Bible teacher at Ripon Christian, approached me the other day and said, "Emily, you should write an article about how students can respect their teachers."
This got me brainstorming about different ways to do this, and I thought I'd share them with you.
1. Avoid texting during class, as it says to the teacher, "I don't care that you're putting time and effort into teaching me. I'm just going to ignore you."
2. Don't talk while the teacher is talking. Believe it or not, what you have to say can wait until after class.
3. Smacking your gum loudly or blowing bubbles is not a good idea, as it distracts you and others around you.
4. Don't cheat on assignments or tests.
5. Ask intelligent questions.
6. Don't complain aloud when the teacher hands out notes or assignments.
7. Avoid passing notes during class.
8. Don't put your head down on your desk. The risk of falling asleep is too high.
9. Make an effort to stay focused and engaged during the lesson. Try not to let your mind wander to far-off places.
10. Be willing to answer the questions your teacher asks.
11. Don't talk back to your teacher disrespectfully if they see fit to discipline you for something.
12. If the teacher gives you time in class to work on your homework, work on the homework.
13. Don't work on other homework during your teacher's class it shows your teacher you don't think his or her class is important compared with the others.
14. If your teacher allows you to eat in class, don't crinkle wrappers loudly or chew noisily. Otherwise, don't eat.
15. Drink only water to avoid spilling anything sticky in your teacher's classroom.
Next time you think about talking to your classmate while the teacher is talking, think twice about what you're saying to the teacher. Show your teachers the love and respect they deserve for putting time and effort into improving your life.
Emily Hoeksema is a senior at Ripon Christian High School and a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom Program.