How To Dumbledore Clap: a 3rd Grader’s Life Hack for Audiences that Can’t Snap!

a poetic adaptation of
a brilliant-but-anonymous 3rd grader’s advice

with both palms
facing the floor
gingerly tap
the back
of one hand
with the other
so that
it is only as loud
as a soft snap!

(You’re welcome!)

You heard it here first folks, a Northside Catholic Academy 3rd grader came up with one of the finest life hacks for audience members who cannot snap when they really like a poem!  The kiddo dubbed this the “Dubledore Clap!”


We’re not exactly sure why the young NCA Life Hacker dubbed the J.K Rowling character from the popular Harry Potter books as the mascot of this clap, but we dare not question the wisdom of tiny humans love to read!

Poets with Class poet, Tarnynon Onumonu, performs a stellar poem about space for the 3rd and 4th graders of Northside Catholic Academy in Chicago, IL.


Poets with Class poet, Chris Aldana, won the interactive slam game by a landslide with a poem she wrote about about one of the students in the audience!


Poets with Class poet, Mojdeh Stoakley, and all of the students listen while another student defines poetry!


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