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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Feedback Systems
Blended Learning Data Share

This (bi-weekly/tri-weekly) strategy is used to incentivize, motivate, and support my students in truly taking ownership for their own learning. During each Blended Learning Data Chat, I recognize students who are consistently performing at the highest levels (Top-5) per program with a certificate and a small prize of their choice like a book, poster, or eraser. I then have the highest performing students come up so we can take a group selfie (with a selfie stick, of course), and then print each student a copy of the picture. The last part of the Blended Learning Data Chat is the recognition and celebration of our top performers who receive a certificate and take a picture to take home. They also receive a poster, eraser, book, or small prize of their choice for their effort and consistency. 

 
Routines and Procedures
Station Transition

Station transitions occur multiple times in a blended classroom. During station transitions, the team or group that’s coming out of the computers lines up and collects the materials ready to go into the whole group lesson on the rug. At the same time, the group that was just on the rug is now going to the computers and collecting their materials for the computers. We give each students 30 seconds to transition, after which we positively praise 3-4 students for making good transitions.

 
Independent Student Learning
Digital Content Whiteboard Support

Students use their dry erase markers and white boards to jot down notes and work though problems while they work online. This simple strategy supports students in actually working through problems that they may otherwise try to solve in their heads. It also helps students stay engaged on computers for longer periods of time.

 
 
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