Lower Lab Values Courtesy

March/April 2018

Random House Book of Poetry for Children and other poems

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Courtesy is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, as “showing politeness in one’s attitude and behavior toward others,” and is an attribute that will serve one well from the time they are a young child well into their senior years.  Everyone likes a polite remark or a respectful act!  People come to expect courtesy as we get older, but when children act courteously they are almost instantly well-regarded.

As we approach spring, and several of this year’s important values (respect, tolerance, patience and flexibility) are under our belts, Lower Lab Values Courtesy, as another way of demonstrating positive behaviors and social-emotional learning.  Being courteous is an important skill and one that is extremely visible.  It is not just a feeling, it is an action!

What is also interesting and somewhat different about this value from the other values is that Courtesy is something that is taught and learned.  People can be born with a patient nature (or not), people can be born flexible thinkers (or not), but courtesy is something that everyone can learn!

Since April is National Poetry Month, for this value, we are going to share and discuss several poems: Manners, Courtesy, Magic Words and Courtesy vs. Meanness.  Every class will also receive a classic anthology, The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, to inspire our students to write some of their own poems.  All students will be invited to submit original poems about courtesy to Josh, to be read at lunch or our culminating values assembly.

Some good discussion may be yielded from the following:

  • Do you think of yourself as a courteous person? Why or why not?
  • Do you remember the first time someone taught you about courtesy? Who was is it? How old were you and what did you learn?
  • What is the opposite of courtesy? What kinds of situations make people act that way?  How can you help make the situation better?
  • Have you ever taught anyone about courtesy? Who was it? What did you teach them?
  • A familiar quote is “courtesy is contagious.”
  • What is the difference between “courtesy” and “respect?”  How are they also similar?

For older students:

  • Some people say: You only have one chance to make a good first impression. Think about this quote. Do you agree or disagree?

got courtesy?

Sandy Miller 2018

Courtesy BOM 2018