Using Hand Signals

Using Hand Signals

Group Response Hand Signals

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down—After teaching a concept or explaining a procedure, ask your students to identify how well they understand by giving a thumbs-up if they understand the concept or a thumbs-down if they do not.

The simplest check for understanding hand signal is for students to give a thumbs-up (yes) or a thumbs-down (no) response to a question.

Example: People who see themselves in a mirror while eating consume 32% less fatty foods than those who do not.

This is a Thumbs Up! By posing the question and asking for a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down signal from your students, you can quickly scan the room to get a sense of how many students believe they understand the concept. This can lead to further class discussion.

Other hand signals—Hand signals can also be used in checking levels of understanding or to indicate which of several posed answers or responses are correct.

Examples: Students could indicate their level of understanding of content by raising their hand with five fingers for I Understand Completely ranging down to one finger for I Am Totally Confused.

A multiple choice question posed to the class could have answers tied to the number of fingers raised.

Or, you could teach some simple sign language alphabet hand signals and have them answer questions where each signal is tied to a response letter.

Last modified: Monday, 2 July 2012, 11:51 AM