face down (someone)
to confront someone boldly, to defy someone
We decided to face down our competitors and try to stay in business.
Ideas To Improve Student Motivation
Know your students
Getting to know your students is about more than just memorizing their names. Students need to know that their teacher has a genuine interest in them and cares about them and their success. When students feel appreciated it creates a safe learning environment and motivates them to work harder, as they want to get praise and good feedback from someone they feel knows and respects them as individuals.