Often students, of any age, fall into a state of self-deprecation. Regardless of the source—friends, teachers, family members—a consistent oppressive force will eventually break down even the most impenetrable of guards. As teachers, we should not exercise unnecessary power over students because of our knowledge, skill, age, or authority. Instead, we should use these tools to inspire. These skills should be used to help students recognize and build upon their own abilities. How then, can teachers establish a non-intimidating classroom environment? What strategies can teachers implement to enable student independence, motivation, and self-confidence?