Respect is a really Big Idea. The definition seems straightforward, yet it carries nuanced interpretations and corresponding actions depending on geography, culture, community, and generation. We make significant decisions based on our understanding or respect and perceptions of disrespect. Respect often sits at the heart of the issues we see in relationships, families, classrooms, schools, communities, and the world. The media brings us daily reminders of the danger of not understanding each other’s definition of respect and disrespect.
When we do not directly address the meaning and actions of respect we operate with a hidden and potentially incorrect set of assumptions. As we enter into short and long term relationships the assumptions and misconceptions about respect will be problematic and in some cases result in tragedy.
A deep discussion on respect is critical for understanding each other and improving relationships.
Big Idea: Respect/Disrespect
Essential Question: How do we develop a deep dialogue about respect to building stronger relationships and communities
Challenge: Define and demonstrate respect in your relationships, family, classroom, school, and community.
Sample Guiding questions:
Sample Guiding Activities:
Synthesize – what did we learn?
Solution Development – Put our learning into positive action
Solution Implementation, Evaluation, and Iteration
Evaluation – What did we learn, how can we change things?
Example Reflection Prompts