PACING is "reading the room" to discern when to change the activity to keep things interesting and to move things along. A good speaker, entertainer, or teacher will keep watching for signs from the audience or class members for what is working and what is NOT. If there are noticeable squirms, yawns, agitation, talking, or general inattention, the savvy leader will take note and try something new to get the attention back.
For Choir Practice, the smart director will have a plan of certain songs to rehearse, but will work intentionally for short periods and then change to a new tactic before the singers lose interest. For example, when "woodshedding parts," the director will not dwell very long on any one section while neglecting the other parts. It is rather like juggling and trying to keep all of the balls in the air at the same time.
It is better to introduce part of a song, sing it a couple of times using good modeling, then go on to something different. Work on several songs each week using a mixture of teaching and reviewing methods. VARIETY is the key to securing proper interest in the songs and moving along towards memorization.
Good PACING brings success!
Varying the TEMPO and STYLE of the songs can also be a great way to keep interest up in Choir Practice and Primary Singing Time. For instance, nobody likes to sing a program of just SLOW songs even if they each are lovely.
Here's an upbeat song for Primary "Put on the Whole Armor of God."