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__ Doing Hands-On Science With Kids: Classroom Management 101
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Pass out materials only when you are ready for the kids to use them. 

Establish a signal–such as ringing a bell or quickly flashing the lights–that tells kids to stop working and listen. If kids are talking while you are, stop and wait. They will tend to quiet down in response to your silence.  

Engage an "itchy" kid by giving him or her a specific job to do. 

Provide extensions, such as the Build on It ideas in this guide, for those kids who race through an activity ahead of the rest of the group.  

Set ground rules; then consistently praise or criticize behaviors rather than individual kids.  

Share your enthusiasm for the subject—it will be contagious. 

Leave time to summarize, reflect on results, and clean up. 

Have a sense of humor, be patient, and maintain high expectations.  

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