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Following the presentation, and while others were exiting, I allowed my students to greet the performers with handshakes. It was a real-world experience for the things we've learned about greeting others with impressive eye contact. The same was true of our recent field trip to Bluff Dwellers Cave. Guides at the cave were giddy when faced with nine- and ten-year-olds looking them in the eyes and presenting themselves with firm shakes of the hand. They giggled and laughed when students greeted them, indicating to us that they weren't used to that type of treatment. Tuesday's musicians were more accepting of the treatment.
Students must understand the importance of giving a good first impression, so we use every opportunity we're faced with to give them some practice.