Thankfully, I came to my senses. Because I know better. We ALL know better. Kids are not going to learn if they don't feel safe, if they don't feel respected, and if they don't like the teacher.
Fostering a favorable classroom environment and a positive relationship with my students is the most important task I assign myself every year. The recipe for a classroom culture that promotes learning requires only a dash of time and energy. It does require a hefty dose of mindfulness.