Hello My Namesake:
<<We did races and games... They did two hundred kicks before they knew what was happening.
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Good topic wrong place...
I beg to differ. I may not have gone into enough depth about how the balloons work but I stand by their effectiveness in certain situations.
So I guess after all my ranting, my question is..how do you controll the uncontrollable? How do you get little kids to behave, listen to you? (when all they do is the complete opposite of what you tell them) As a parent, I can understand not getting forcefull with young kids so their parents don't complain, but geez. Last night I wanted to tell my son to get his Katana.
The trick is in engagement. If you re-direct the attenion of the students to something more fun, albeit productive, they stand a better chance of not wanting to wander off the floor and actually want to do the task at hand. In addition, if you bring the parents into the action, they tend to be happier also.
All in all, Marmaduke, I would view the class, and its attendent frustrations, as a learning moment.
Perhaps I failed to get to the verb. What do the balloons DO to help the situation? I don't think we really control the uncrontollable so much as re-direct it.