Ok, deep breaths – this one is a little controversial. But I’m going to give it an airing.
Here are some behaviours I’ve seen from adults – qualified professionals – during meetings and training and online as I’ve gone through my career:-
- Reading a newspaper during Inset.
- Making bets online during Inset.
- Doing Tesco shopping online during Inset and in one case, during a lesson.
- Texting during meetings and Inset.
- Chatting over the person leading the meeting/Inset session.
- Ridiculing the person leading the meeting/Inset session online and in the staff room.
- Arriving late.
- Leaving the meeting midway to get a coffee or take a non urgent phone call.
Now it seems to me that sometimes, it’s these same people who demand that children:-
- Show respect simply because the person in front of them is in a position of authority over them.
- Put their phones away during lessons or for the whole of the school day.
- Pay attention and don’t chat when others are talking.
- Show respect even when what they are hearing bores them or feels irrelevant.
- Don’t answer back or ask awkward questions.
Now I’m not suggesting that any of those expectations of children are unreasonable. They are reasonable expectations of all human beings really – especially those who have matured and who are educated. So why do some people find it so hard to model the behaviour they expect from others?
There. At least it was short.