I'm not a huge guy, but I'm in pretty good shape. I weigh 190 pounds. I'm pretty tough, and can be scary when I need to. But it never ceases to amaze me how I can yell, threaten, cajole, beg, plead, and glare at kids who are misbehaving and yet they ignore me. Or even worse, they sometimes taunt me or call me a "cracker ass muthafucka."
And then Lukie will say, quietly and calmly and with no emotion on her face at all: "I will ruin your life if you don't stop that," and everyone in the class freezes.
Project this summer: develop teacher tones.