I like to begin class with a Q/A. A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example:
This is a lesson for those who have authority over others. Examples are:
Baby sitter— child
Q/A: Why is saying “Please” before issuing a directive important?
For example: Why is saying “Robert, please close the door,” preferable to “Robert, close the door. ?
Possible answers— it’s polite behavior, courteous, respectful, or a considerate act or expression.
We know who our authority figures are. They are the very people, we know and they know, we have to obey. When the authority figure says “please” while issuing a directive, it’s more than being polite, thoughtful or courteous. It preserves the dignity of those in the inferior position, enabling them to feel they are partners, not just a person/servant to be used.
When a teacher says, “Robert, please close the door” or “please help me pass out papers”; he becomes an important partner in creating an atmosphere of learning within the class. He should be specifically thanked for what he does. A little appreciation goes a long way. Never, ever say, “Thank You for what you do”. It’s like saying, “I don’t really know what you DO, but Thank You”.