Applying the Seven Ingredients of Civility

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 9:28am


This week, the Champaign Public Library is sponsoring Civility Week, a week to remind us of the importance of interacting with others with equal amounts of respect, consideration, and kindness. As educators, it is of the utmost importance that we continually strive to address the issues of bullying and rudeness in our schools and workplace. Of course, bullying has become the primary issue we focus on as we work to ensure that our schools are safe places for all students.

Rudeness, on the other hand, is an area that sometimes doesn't get the attention it deserves. If we were to use a customer service context, our customers, the students and parents in our community, should be treated with the utmost respect, consideration and kindness. As educators, I believe we have the responsibility to model these behaviors even when faced with others that might not be offering the same courtesies to us. It is during these potentially heated interactions that could easily escalate to a bad situation, that we need to reach deep within ourselves and take that deep breath and respond with courtesy and kindness.

This week, at the end of each day, I plan on taking time to reflect on my interactions and consider how I applied the Seven Ingredients of Civility, as outlined below. I do believe that as a society this is an area in which we could all improve.

Seven Ingredients of Civility

What exactly does it mean to be civil? On each day of Civility Week, we'll spotlight a different aspect of civility. It's all about respect, consideration, and kindness. Our seven points are inspired by P.M. Forni's book Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct.

  • Tune in. Be aware of the needs of others.
  • Think the best. Give the benefit of the doubt.
  • Speak kindly. Your words have power.
  • Be inclusive. Respect all points of view.
  • Own up. Admit mistakes and make a fresh start.
  • Stay cool. Don’t answer rudeness with rudeness.
  • Start something. Small kindnesses can spread.
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