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HAND SIGNALS: A Classroom Management Resource

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HAND SIGNALS IN THE CLASSROOM

This kit includes:
-an overview of the system
-5 printable posters prelabeled with signal meanings
-5 additional wordless cards so you can add your own meaning for each signal
-a template to double mount for added color to match your room, a title poster

Please visit my blogTHE CLUTTER-FREE CLASSROOMfor daily tips and photos to organize and manage your classroom.

Using hand signals in the classroom will help to create a learning environment with minimal distraction. I've been using them for as long as I can remember and they are an essential part of my classroom management system.

The students communicate their basic needs using five numbered hand signals. This eliminates the need to interrupt the class while allowing me to be aware of the location of each student at all times.

I ask that they do not request to get a drink or use the bathroom (unless it is an emergency) during read alouds, whole group instruction, or when they are working in a small group with me so that they do not miss part of a lesson. It is important to discuss what an actual emergency entails or you will have your friends claiming that it is always an emergency. The majority of my instruction is done in the form of shorter mini-lessons so this is never a problem.

By using the hand signals, students are able to let me know what they need by holding up a specific number of fingers. I am able to simply look at them and nod to acknowledge their request. I can do this without stopping what I am doing. This is important as I am frequently working with other students.

In the past I have experimented with simply allowing them to move around as needed, but there were always a few students who took advantage of that. They would get off task and wander the room to get a drink or a tissue to avoid working on something. This then distracted others from their work. The hand signals are an added step to prevent off task behaviors. Knowing that I am aware of their actions eliminates impulsive behaviors associated with wandering.
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On  August 13, 2013Suzanne Brown (TpT Seller) asked:
I thought I was ordering the silent hand signals from the teaching channel. Wrong video on my part. Is there a way I can be reimbursed. I already have signals fro the bathroom, etc. Thanks!
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On  August 13, 2013Clutter-Free Classroom answered:
Hi Suzanne,
Unfortunately, sellers do not have the ability to issue refunds to buyers. Perhaps you could contact TPT customer service. Take Care, Jodi
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On  June 5, 2013,  Buyer asked:
I am very interested in getting posters used for group time, especially the "me too" sign. Did I miss a product like this in your store? Thanks so much:)
Joyce D.
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On  June 7, 2013Clutter-Free Classroom answered:
Hi Joyce,
Thanks for your interest. I have this available. I can also whip something up for the "Me Too" signal. http://clutterfreeclassroom.blogspot.com/2012/08/hand-signals-for-managing-group-lessons.html
Take Care, Jodi
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On  July 12, 2012,  Monica G. asked:
I apologize if this is a repeat question but it was taking me a long time to find it...Is it possible for you to rearrange the numbers and their corresponding symbols and possibly switch out one (I do not use the pencil signal)? I wanted to ask before I buy this awesome product.
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On  July 13, 2012Clutter-Free Classroom answered:
Thanks for your interest. I had updated the file when I released the video to now also include blank templates so you can choose your own hand signals. Enjoy the summer! :) Jodi from <b><a href="http://www.cfclassroom.com">THE CLUTTER-FREE CLASSROOM</a></b>
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On  June 26, 2012,  Dani B. asked:
I love the font you are using for these - if I am changing the words on my signs, am I able to somehow use the same font?
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On  June 26, 2012Clutter-Free Classroom answered:
Sure thing. It's Elise and is available from Kevin and Amanda. :) Jodi
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On  June 26, 2012,  Carrie C. asked:
I use hand signals but mine are a bit different. Can I get this as a word document or a format that I can change it up to meet my needs?
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On  June 26, 2012Clutter-Free Classroom answered:
Hi, Thanks for your interest. It wasn't created in word, but there are blank cards included. My recommendation is to open the file and add a text box in the blank space. An alternative option is print the cards and then rereun them through the printer with the words in a word document. Take Care, Jodi
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On  April 2, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Am curious - can I edit the words inside the circles to better fit my needs?
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On  April 3, 2012Clutter-Free Classroom answered:
Hi, Thanks for your interest. It's a locked PDF so it can't be edited, but I'll work on adding a blank version. I was actually planning to make a video of how this is used in my classroom today so the timing is perfect! Stay tuned to my blog www.CFClassroom.com or follow my store to see when it's ready! Take Care, Jodi
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Am curious - can I edit the words inside the circles to better fit my needs?
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On  April 3, 2012Clutter-Free Classroom answered:
Hi, Thanks for your interest. It's a locked PDF so it can't be edited, but I'll work on adding a blank version. I was actually planning to make a video of how this is used in my classroom today so the timing is perfect! Stay tuned to my blog www.CFClassroom.com or follow my store to see when it's ready! Take Care, Jodi
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HAND SIGNALS: A Classroom Management Resource
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HAND SIGNALS: A Classroom Management Resource
HAND SIGNALS: A Classroom Management Resource