noise, which means the children will know they can create a ruckus and still
hear your signal. (In the same way that a whisper is more effective than a shout,
you want a quieter signal that the children have to be listening for.) Nor will
your voice be effective, as it is heard so often by the students.
If a child still acts out, distracting or endangering other students, ask the
child to sit on the sidelines and act as audience. However, give the child the
responsibility of deciding when to rejoin the activities by stating, “When you
are ready to join us again, let me know.” Whether the child is on the sidelines
by request or is simply reluctant to participate, she or he should be allowed to
In general, as in all matters relating to movement education, a positive
attitude is the key.