Academic Culture

Collaborative Hand Signals

Students communicate nonverbally through their hands that they agree, disagree, or want to add onto what someone previously said. Just think for a minute the amount of time we as teachers stop for interruptions. This strategy shows us that there are ways to effectively communicate with each other silently.

Strategy Resources (3)
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document provides effective classroom teaching strategies for increasing and maintaining active engagement. Examples include hand and finger signals, the use of classroom space, modes of response, positive reinforcement of behavior, positive reinforcement of incorrect answers, circulation, and wait time.
Poster
 
 
This document provides effective classroom teaching strategies for increasing and maintaining active engagement. Examples include hand and finger signals, the use of classroom space, modes of response, positive reinforcement of behavior, positive reinforcement of incorrect answers, circulation, and wait time.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document provides effective classroom teaching strategies for increasing and maintaining active engagement. Examples include hand and finger signals, the use of classroom space, modes of response, positive reinforcement of behavior, positive reinforcement of incorrect answers, circulation, and wait time.
Poster
 
 
This document provides effective classroom teaching strategies for increasing and maintaining active engagement. Examples include hand and finger signals, the use of classroom space, modes of response, positive reinforcement of behavior, positive reinforcement of incorrect answers, circulation, and wait time.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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Assessment & Data
Fluid Mastery Rubric

Students self-monitor their understanding by using the Fluid Mastery Rubric.  They monitor their level of understanding of the lesson on a scale of 1 to 4 (1 being least mastered to 4 being most).  Because my students are given the opportunity to reflect and self-monitor their level of understanding of the lesson, I get real-time data on which students need targeted interventions and supports. 

 
Feedback Systems
Teamwork Self-Assessment Rubric

At the conclusion of our team sessions my students self-assess, give feedback/compliments to one another, and agree or share out their disagreements with one another. Our two areas of focus right now are collaboration and accountability. My students score themselves on a scale from 1-4 on these habits and then track their progress daily/weekly in order to consider their next steps or provide feedback to one another. Perhaps most importantly, the sentence stems within the rubric help my students develop a repertoire of conversational skills they will need in the 21st century and beyond.  

 
Whole-Group Instruction
Main Idea Think Pair Share

Many teachers--myself included--utilize a version of the Think Pair Share strategy to give students opportunities for social learning and to build a culture of classroom community that includes respectful academic discourse. I use the Main Idea Think Pair Share strategy to ensure that my students are able to identify and articulate the main ideas of texts we are reading, which is one of the most foundational literacy skills that all effective readers must develop. I find that it can be helpful to use scaffolds like sentence stems and a variety of starting approaches (e.g., "the student with the longest hair speaks first") to ensure that this strategy remains fresh and accessible to my students, many of whom are English Language Learners.

 
 
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