I was an elementary teacher for 17 years.....so when I come upon a class (of anything), I expect them to pay attention. I saw a 'scoop' of Skimmers during once recent low tide and my instincts as a teacher began to set in. "ok guys, look at me"
"Now today we are going to learn how to carefully skim the surface and below the water line with your beak. This will be a fun activity and along the way, you are going to have a treat'.
'Johnny....look at me. Ruth, come on now, do you have to pass that note to Gloria right now? '
'Henry, ...get you hands out of your desk'.....
"okay class..... Class, CLASS, CLASS CLASS....LISTEN TO ME...."