Monday, September 12, 2011

Hand Signals to Make Group Time More Efficient: Classroom Management Series

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  1. I use some in my room as well... if the kids want to use the restroom, they hold up the hand signal for the letter 'R' in sign language. If they want a drink during carpet time, they show me 'drink' in sign language, which is actually kind funny to watch 6-7 year olds do :) If we're giving answers that are on our smart board and we don't have our activotes in the classroom, we hold up 'A' 'B' and 'C' in sign language so I can check quickly for understanding. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Weird, I just taught hand signals today... fist for using the bathroom, 1 finger for a drink, 2 fingers for a tissue. Works great so far!

  3. I love this idea! I'm a junior education major and have fallen in love with my classes! I love blogs like yours that give me great ideas for the future! By the way, when I have a classroom in two years I would love to have an owl theme... would love to see you make that a classroom theme! :)

  4. I love it! I don't think my kinders can remember much more than R for restroom, yet! I love using signs in my class!
    PS. I decided to have a restroom signal after my own child had an accident while waiting to be called on in kinder. Thanks to signals that's never happened to one of my students!


    Camp Kindergarten

  5. I teach 3rd and I use the American sign language "k" for Kleenex -- which is practically like holding up the two fingers like she stated above. If I am teaching, my students know they cannot just get up for any ol' reason. Getting a Kleenex is one. And. . . to Nicole above-- I did an owl theme in my room this year and I luuuv it! For discipline I have a tree with various branch levels. Each student has an owl to move like the discipline chart on this webpage. I also use the owls in my helper chart. Didn't go with it, 'cause I wanted to keep my job but I though of calling it Mrs. Harper's Little Helpful Hooters. There are a lot of other plays on "owl" related phrases that are cute around the room. I have a work display that says, "Something to 'HOOT' About". Local school supply stores have several decor kits that I pulled from along with cute internet clipart. Look WHO's in our class! "Owl" bet this year will be something to hoot about. Good Luck for the future!


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