A Teacher Becomes More Interesting When Teaching Manners in Elementary School

A Teacher Becomes More Interesting When Teaching Manners in Elementary School

A Teacher Becomes More Interesting When Teaching Manners in Elementary School

Storytelling is what sets you apart as a teacher.  Think about it.  As a teacher, I don’t need to tell you how much younger children love it when someone reads a story to them.

This works for elementary school students too…only you don’t need to read to them….TELL them a story.

A story about you and an experience you had.  Maybe you made an “etiquette” mistake.  Maybe you made the right decision with choosing to use your good manners in a certain situation.

Good or bad, share your story.  Make it real for this age group.

I can promise, they will sit up and listen to “your” story.  It will make you more interesting.

The moment you share your story is the moment you take control of your classroom and become more interesting as a teacher.  

Manners are not about rules so don’t teach it in that way.  Share a real life experience.

                             Lisa Richey, founder, Manners To Go | Join Our Manners Movement

They will remember it.  Understand it.  Use it.

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What Are Good Manners in the Elementary School Classroom and Why They Are Needed


What Are Good Manners in the Elementary School Classroom and Why They Are Needed

What Are Good Manners in the Elementary School Classroom and Why They Are Needed

What Are Good Manners in the Elementary School Classroom and Why They Are Needed

Do elementary school students need to learn good manners?  Is it still useful for students to learn good social skills?  Are you the one that needs to teach this?  Do you even have the time?

These might be the questions you are asking yourself about now.

Trust me, your students need you to show them how to not be socially awkward or uncomfortable.

When you teach manners and life skills in your classroom, you add a great deal of value to the lives of your students.

Here is how they feel when using good manners:

  • More confident
  • Self-assured
  • Empathy for others
  • Pride in showing their parents that they know how to use their good manners
  • Better manners in everyday life outside the classroom
  • Happier and healthy
  • Friendlier

Why Not Join Our Manners Movement and Teach Life Skills in Your Elementary School Classroom?

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Lesson Plans to Teach Life Skills in Your Classroom: An Interview

Lesson Plans to Teach Life Skills in Your Classroom: An Interview

Lesson Plans to Teach Life Skills in Your Classroom: An Interview

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“Me on Mondays” a Teacher’s Habit for Her Students

Why the title “Me on Mondays”? 

 When you listen to my interview with Elizabeth Osbourne, you will learn all about a very popular module in our Communication Skills curriculum.

Elizabeth and I connected by phone one evening as she had questions about our curriculum.  The school purchased the Manners To Go lesson plans to teach first impressions, communications skills and table manners to her students.  

The Hawbridge School in North Carolina where she has taught for many years has a dedicated life skills program.

Listen in, as we have an informative discussion about the benefits and the reasons why life skills are important.

Oh!  And listen for her discussion about a “slow lunch” and why this is so meaningful for her students.  In fact, they love it so much they ask for it frequently.

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How to Teach Manners in Your Classroom Using Lesson Plans and Ideas from a Special Education Teacher

If you are an educator, you may have questions about how to teach manners in your classroom using lesson plans and handouts.  Leah Serao has many ideas and her classroom is surrounded by fun charts and activities for the students to stay inspired.

Recently, I had the opportunity to teach a manners program for her students.  Leah is a special education teacher and her focus is on children with autism.  She also has a blog, Teacher Talk, where she writes about her experiences.

I interviewed Leah about her ideas on teaching manners, life skills and character education.

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  1. When I was visiting your classroom preparing for the manners program, I noticed several boxes containing materials. My eyes immediately went to the box on life skills. Tell us about that box!

In our life skill box, I have a lot of resources that help teach students skills they need for life such as direction following, manners, greetings, and how to hold a conversation. The box contains activities and worksheets that help students learn and practice these skills.

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     2.  What are your favorite life skills/manners activities to teach in your classroom?

My favorite life skills/manners activity to teach is how to greet a person properly. Proper greetings change depending on age, location, and familiarity of the person. I love teaching different greetings during morning meeting since first impressions matter. We also practice saying hello and goodbye when entering and exiting the classroom. In addition, we always reinforce and expect our students to say please and thank you.

      3. What are your students favorite social skills activities?

My students love to participate in group projects where collaboration is needed to complete an end product. My students wrote and produced a video about Mozambique that shared how some students could not go to school since they could not afford a $10 uniform. My students loved practicing their lines and recording the video. In addition, my students have enjoyed morning meeting where they greet their classmates and their teachers, participate in a group activity, and then ask their classmates questions about their weekend or how to solve a math problem.

     4.  Of these activities, which ones do you believe have the most impact?

I think each social skills activity has had a beneficial effect on my students. Morning meeting has been a great social activity that has helped produce a “family” feel in the classroom among peers and teachers. Producing the video helped my students think outside the classroom and use their social skills to focus on helping other people. Focusing on saying please and thank you has helped my students be a role model to other students in the lunch room and to special teachers.

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Good Manners Set the Stage for Future Success

As an educator, you know how important social skills are for a child’s success. Children who are polite, well spoken, and attentive to others find it easier to get along with their peers and make a positive impression on the adults in their lives. As a result, more opportunities come their way, laying the foundation for future success in life. Yet too many children are not being taught proper manners or other valuable social skills at home. Which means it’s up to us as educators to equip them with these important life tools – and help them grow up to be responsible, caring, successful global citizens.

Now you can help students improve their behavior in as little as 10 minutes a day… a week… or month.


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About Manners To Go Lisa Richey, Manners to Go Instructor

Most likely we already share something in common. We believe that teaching children manners, character and social emotional skills are very important.

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