Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Quiet Signals

I've come to use quiet hand signals in class a lot.  It makes it easier for me to check for understanding, see what a student needs, and counting votes.  I'm not constantly being pestered with questions and students are not blurting out as much.  Last year should've clued me in to this since my 1st graders LOVED learning about Helen Keller and looking through sign language books.  They were constantly showing me what signs they learned.  

Here are some examples of when I use quiet signals:

  • students signal to use the restroom, get tissue, get a pencil, and for help
  • students use thumbs up or thumbs down to agree/disagree with a statement during group work
  • students use thumbs up when they are finished with a task or are ready to move on to the next question
  • students vote on items, such as the read aloud, indoor recess game, or movie using 1 finger, 2 fingers, or more
This just makes life a little more simple.

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1 comment:

  1. we always used hand signals at Occupy Wall Street
    Please consider reviewing Pot and Spoon A True Tale of Occupy Wall Street. It is available for download at Ocean State Libraries has requested permission to post it in their catalog.

    The catalog record for POT AND SPOON is up in Ocean State Libraries Catalog at
    and the book is available on RI eZone.

    And it has been featured on Boing Boing

    Find out what happens to Pot and Spoon at Occupy Wall Street
    A true tale from the front lines


    Jerry Goralnick
    Ruthie Rosenfeld