Whenever I get the chance to read to a group of students, I would sit a child in front of my computer or the teacher’s computer that would have my PowerPoint pictures of Yalu And The Puppy Room at the ready.
Just before starting, I would tell the person in the captain’s seat, “When you hear the word ‘Ding’, press the enter button.”
Usually, I would get a strange look from the student, nothing new there, and would start reading the story. At the right moment, I would say, “Ding!” because I needed a new slide and after all, “Ding” was the special word to press the enter button.
After a few dings my audience would catch on and would start saying “Ding.” There is nothing better than a classroom full of five-year-olds all saying “Ding” at once. Even the older kids taking an all important power nap would raise their heads and join in when it was time to utter, “Ding.”
What my audience needed was a signal from me to utter “Ding” at the right moment—I didn’t want the “Ding” to come too early or too late.
At the right moment would cup a hand to my ear and do my Hulk Hogan impersonation for the upcoming “Ding.”
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