Say to your students, "As soon as everyone has finished their work I'm going to show you a magic trick."
The room gets quiet. Everyone starts working. Students are helping and hurrying others to finish. You remind your students to do quality work or it doesn't count.
You hear the students say, "I can't wait. This is going to be awesome." You smile.
Everyone has finished and they quietly come to the carpet. You remind your students to sit flat on the carpet so everyone can see.
The students wiggle and giggle. You hear them say, "This is so cool."
Just for fun you say, "I know you would rather be working. So maybe we should skip the magic trick and go back to work."
Simultaneously you hear sighs, oohs, no, please, and other begging remarks. You smile, nod, and say, "Alright. Let's do it."
You perform the magic trick flawlessly.
The students clap wildly!
Everyone says, "That was so coooool! Do it again. How did you do that? I love magic. You are the best teacher in the world."
You smile and say to yourself, "I know it. I rock!"
To the students you say, "Maybe if we work really hard I will bring another magic trick next week."
The students smile and show a thumbs up.
Yes, I do magic tricks everyone once in awhile in the classroom for motivation, encouragement, behavior improvement, and just for the fun of it!
This is the latest one I found on Steve Spangler Science. It rocks! I first tried it on my husband, he was really impressed so I knew students would enjoy it!
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Teaching is magical!