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Marcy asked for any ideas for effective project demonstrations, so I'll
share what I've developed over the years and what seems to work very well for
my K-5 students and for me. Everyone walks over to the demo table together.
After they are gathered around the table we all do this together: the kids
put their arms down beside their bodies and everyone takes one step back.
While they are doing this I lead them in a chorus of: "Hands by my side, and
one step back." I add in a tiny voice, "Freeze, please." For some strange
reason, everyone enjoys doing and saying this- like a ritual chant. By the
second or third demo (by the third week of kindergarten) I almost don't have
to lead, they all automatically are saying "Hands by my side....." I find
that consistancy really helps so if a student is beginning to crowd, I will
stop the demo to reaffirm the chant.
I try to involve the students in the demo as much as possible. You might want
to choose the hyperactive ones or the easily distracted students for this.
Also, I never speak until I have everyone's attention. Usually the kids are
excited about seeing what they are going to do, about using different medium,
and I try to reinforce this with my enthusiasm during the demo. Hope this
helps ..... Susan on long Island
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