How teachers can increase the power of their words

06/30/2011 | Teacher Leaders Network

Teachers' words will have power only in the classroom if students believe what they say, says middle-school teacher Ariel Sacks. In this blog post, she writes that teachers must back up their talk of rules, policies and routines with their actions. Sacks says she has established a rule that students raise their hands to be called on, but she still is inclined to accept answers when students call them out -- an action she knows lessens the power of her words.

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