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“Requests Work Better Than Orders…”

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Requests work better than orders, even when we’re asking or ordering ourselves is the title of an article about the results of a new study.

I think the study is actually a bit strange, but it’s a good reminder of what most teachers know — asking students to do something (“John, can you please sit down?”) works a lot better than ordering them (“Sit down!”).

I was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday, and it was hard for me to remember that. I think it’s a universal fact that ninth-graders can sense weakness, and quickly move in for the “kill” :)

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I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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