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Non-Verbal Cues for Classroom Management

Classroom management is essential to a teacher’s success in the classroom. Effective classroom management has a profound impact on student performance and is why teachers need to adopt effective strategies to manage their classrooms. Teachers often forget that non-verbal cues can be just as powerful as verbal cues. These resources provide examples of these cues and how greatly they can affect the climate and success of the classroom.
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Non-Verbal Cues for Classroom Management
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    Want a simple way to control the noise in your classroom without constant reminders? Too Noisy, available for both iOS and Android devices, can monitor the noise level in your classroom and give students a visual indication of when they're too noisy, all without you saying a word.
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    The author of this blog details examples of quiet signals that trigger students to respond immediately. She explains the qualities of a good quiet signal and the importance of teaching your quiet signals to your class. The author also provides examples of a few timers that you can use as quiet signals for classroom management.
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    Sarah Bradstreet says:
    iOS users: This app displays the colors red, amber, green, or blue. Teachers can assign a task to each color in order to communicate with students without talking.
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    An “X-factor” is a special talent that sets someone apart from the crowd. Some teachers seem to have a special charm that gives them a unique ability to connect with students. This book posits that for teachers, that “X-factor” is the ability to effectively use non-verbal communication. This is a comprehensive guide that helps teachers develop their own non-verbal communication style within their classrooms.
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    The teacher in this Teaching Channel video demonstrates actual non-verbal signals she and her entire class use to communicate with each other. In this way, side conversations and talking out of turn are eliminated while students are completely engaged in the activity without saying a word.
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    This is a checklist that summarizes why, when and how to effectively use non-verbal cues as a classroom management tool. The “how” section gives very practical, specific suggestions of how to implement these clues in the classroom.
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BloomBoard Asks:In what ways do you send clear messages to your students without saying a word?
Lolita RicoApril 29, 2016
Non-verbal cues are the best because it causes very little disruption to the learning environment and other students. Often times, off task students are constantly watching to see if the teacher sees them so I use this opportunity to keep teaching, but wait for eye contact and BAM, they're caught, and go right back to work. Other times, I use proximity to re-direct students. I rarely stand in front of the room teaching. I am usually walking between desks or standing near students who appear off task. I also point to the assignment at hand to redirect as well. I have found non-verbal cues to be more effective than verbal cues and helps to maintain a calm learning environment.