Collaborative Hand Signals: Collaborative Hand Signals

 
 
 
Collaborative Hand Signals
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
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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