About 300 public- and private-school teachers from 27 schools in the United Arab Emirates recently attended a conference in which 10 teachers presented their 10-minute solutions to classroom challenges. "The best advice I ever got as a teacher concerning discipline is that authority is an illusion", said Terrence Lorick, who teaches grade five. "We don't really have any authority over the children, they're only going to do what they want to do, so we have to try to engage them to the point that they will want to do what we're asking them to do. And we want to keep that illusion intact as much as possible".

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