Notice Ms. Dwyer keeps the drum roll just long enough to add excitement and then ends it with a hand signal
Consider what other types of physical releases and mental breaks you could do in less than 5 seconds?
03:08: MARY DWYER: Not every lesson we teach is a lesson that they’re extremely interested in, so we have to get a hook in there, we have to have little breaks for them as well, and that’s just the physical release. Something that adds a little bit of excitement.
03:22: MARY DWYER [in class]: Give me a drumroll.
MARY DWYER: And cut.
03:29: MARY DWYER: The physical release is good for them. I mean just being able to do that [claps hands], or the, uh, [breathes], the breathing, that helps them, and helps to refocus them, get them, you know, back to where we want them to be, so they’re open again to learning. It’s very difficult to sit in a desk all day.
03:44: MARY DWYER [in class]: In. [breathes] And out. [breathes]. In. [breathes] And out. [breathes].
03:53: MARY DWYER: I remember as, being a student, we were in rows. That was it, you didn’t move, you didn’t speak. What we know now, so much about education, and how we want children to remember what they learn, not just to sit there and learn it for today, but to remember these things for, for the rest of their lives.