At first I thought that the clapping idea was an old trick until I tried it with one of my beginner classes. Start by clapping a simple pattern and have the students copy you. After they get the hang of the game, you can try trickier patterns. I asked one of my students to come up and try to lead the class with their own clapping pattern and you should have seen the face of this student when the classmates copied her pattern. Needless to say, they all wanted to try. A simple action, like clapping grabbed the attention of the whole class within minutes.
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