Honesty and Respect- Prerna Rathod

Some of the common instances of dishonest behaviour shown by the students:

● Cheating on Tests or Assignments: Students may cheat due to academic pressure, fear of failure, or a lack of preparation. Peer pressure and the desire to fit in with classmates who cheat can also be influential. Cheating is often seen as a quick solution to achieve better grades, especially when students are overwhelmed by coursework. 

● Stealing: Student theft may be motivated by personal gain, peer pressure, or a lack of understanding of the moral implications. Some students steal small items like stationery, while others might engage in more serious theft within the school environment. 

● Lying: Students may lie for various reasons, including avoiding trouble, fear of judgment from peers or authority figures, seeking attention, or attempting to manipulate a situation to their advantage. 

There are various reasons why dishonest behaviour is shown by the students: 

● Reasons for lying can be avoiding trouble, fear of judgment, seeking attention, or attempting to manipulate a situation. 

● Reasons for cheating on tests or assignments: It can be pressure to perform well, fear of failure, lack of preparation, or a desire to fit in with peers who cheat. Fear of parents or teacher's reaction, attempting to gain permission for something, or avoiding punishment. 

Respect in a classroom is a two-way street. While it's generally expected that teachers and students should show respect to one another, the idea that you must show respect to earn respect can be helpful. 

When teachers demonstrate respect for their teachers, colleagues, and the learning environment, it often encourages others to reciprocate with respect. However, educators need to foster a respectful and inclusive classroom from the outset, regardless of whether students initially display respect. 

Ultimately, mutual respect is a fundamental aspect of a positive and productive learning environment. 

A new student joins a class mid-semester. They enter the classroom and immediately show respect to the teacher, greet their fellow students politely, and actively engage in class activities. 

This respectful behaviour is noticed by their classmates and the teacher. In response, the existing students begin to show more respect to the new students in return. Over time, the new student has earned the respect of their peers by initially demonstrating respect. 

Prerna Rathod, Rajeshwari Rathore, Mahendra Kumar, Abhay Singh, Shivani Rao, Usha Panwar, Jyotshana Mali, Ritu Agarwal 

@The Fabindia School, Bali (India)

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