Respect - what does it mean to me?

Developing positive and respectful relationships within your school community is a fundamental part of bullying prevention education. This lesson will discuss how to establish and maintain respectful relationships as a way to prevent bullying.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills

Learning Intention

  • Students can understand the concept of respect and learn how to establish and maintain respectful relationships.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what respect means within a relationship
  • understand how respect can differ across cultures
  • discuss what essential ingredients make up a respectful relationship.


Check-in 15 min

Discuss as a class group what respect means to students in their own family and culture. Examine differences between cultures and families. Discuss reasons for these differences. Discuss the following:

  • How is respect demonstrated?
  • Can respect be demanded, or must it be earned? Why?
  • Is this the same in all situations? With all people?
  • What happens when people abuse the respect they are given?