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RYHOS stands for “Raise Your Hand and Other Sundries”
I usually say it “rye-ohs”
What is it? Ideally, classroom discussions are fluid, focused, equitable, and productive. For many students in K-12 schools however, classroom discussions are frustrating. RYHOS is a method of non-verbal communication used to facilitate group conversations. Each of the signs on this poster help to address a common downfall of classroom discussion. The thumbs-up sign helps students who miss their chance to speak. The “I agree” sign cuts down on time consuming voiced agreement. The rock sign ensures that confusion is addressed. The raised hand symbol now actually means something! It means that the raiser has something new to add if the group is ready to move on.
Implementation advice: I introduce this strategy in teacher-led discussions where I call on students who display the symbols. Over time I give more and more power over to the students as they become comfortable looking for the symbols. Soon, they lead their own discussions and I participate equally with them. Finally, I push my older classes to move away from reliance on the symbols.