Today at recess, there were no kids on the swings.  A substitute teacher noticed this and commented, “It’s to bad they’re not enjoying the swings.”

“Watch this,” I said as I walked over to the swings.

I sat down and began swinging with gusto.  Within seconds a swarm of kids came over to watch and join in.  After a few minutes, I hopped off and the kids mostly stayed.

The sub was impressed, but I wasn’t… my students follow my lead in most respects.  Yell at them, they yell.  Love them, they love.  Swing for them, they join in.