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Her suggestion (which she claims works well): Announce to the children at the
beginning of the program that their parents will be teaching them audience
manners during the presentation and that they are to act exactly as their
parents throughout the program. I haven't tried this yet, but am
contemplating how to put a spin on it with an all grown-up group. Also, I
haven't figured out what to do if the parents don't set the example that is
desired. As has been noted, the evil teacher stare doesn't work with big
folks ... at least not too often.
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
"One must not hold one's self so divine as to be unwilling occasionally to
make improvements in one's creations." Beethoven, commenting about changes
to be made in a symphonic work, 1809