Powerful Words

In 1993, after teaching for twenty years, I still loved my chosen profession, but I often felt frustrated. It seemed as though I spent an inordinate amount of time on classroom management and discipline. My approach at that time was basically authoritarian, and language was one of my primary tools. I gave the children necessary information about each day’s lessons and expected them to follow all directions without question. If students complied, I felt that I was doing my job.
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