No Series: Silent Signals in the Math Classroom

Silent Signals in the Math Classroom

Lesson Objective: Communicate learning with silent signals
Grades K-5 / Math / Communication
2 MIN

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How do these silent signals promote active listening and participation?
  2. Which silent signals could be adapted for use across subject areas?
  3. How did Ms. Saul respond to the needs of her class to create a dual-purpose silent cheer?

94 Comments

  • Private message to Kathy Powell

These are great to use especially if you have a student who doesn't like to speak in class.  This is a great way they can participate also.

 

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  • Private message to William McLaughlin

Works in virtual classroom as well with private chat box or reactions.

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  • Private message to Kenneth Goforth

Good ideas.

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  • Private message to Michelle Fite

The I have an anwer adn thinking could be done for multiple subject areas.

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  • Private message to Robert Marchinko

I loved the idea, I will try this on Monday in my class!

 

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Transcripts

  • [00:00]
    Interviewer: We have a number of silent signals in the class. This is just the sign for me too.

    [00:00]
    Interviewer: We have a number of silent signals in the class. This is just the sign for me too. This is the sign for, “I have an answer.” These silent signals are another way for students to stay engaged, and to be able to say something without blurting out and maybe interrupting either myself or another student who’s talking.

    It lets us know that they are thinking. When they’re thinking I like them to actually touch their brain or they can do this. There’s also a silent cheer in our class. It’s basically this, to tell someone they’ve done a good job. But I’ve also used it to help alleve that disappointment of when you’re not chosen.

    ‘Cuz when everybody’s hand is up or everybody’s giving the signal, they have the answer, and they’re not called on. There could be that moment of disappointment, and that I’m not listening. I’ve tried to create a culture of if someone else is chosen that our immediate thought is cheer for that person, and then they’re focused in on whoever is going to be sharing.

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