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    Carolyn you are so right! I use a little bell like you find on store counters etc. First ring means freeze-ready for directions(I make it funny,like even if you have jumped in the air you have to freeze there). Then I say "you may thaw out now". Then I start to speak. One thing I do is time how long it takes for them all to settle down and they see if they can beat the previous time. Be dramatic and use a stopwatch or just look at your watch.The first few weeks are all about setting the quidelinesand the younger they are the more you need to practice what you want them to do.It's "slow down do you can speed up later". They don't teach you this in college.

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