When teachers speak less, they allow students to direct their own learning, figure out answers on their own and facilitate their own lessons, middle-grades educator Jessica Cuthbertson writes in this commentary. Cuthbertson learned these lessons and more when laryngitis limited her ability to lecture and answer questions. "What I discovered: When my voice is nothing but a whisper, my students' voices rise in a crescendo of learning and leadership," she writes.

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