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Silent Signals


August 17, 2008

My most frequent interruptions are for permission to use the lavatory, get a drink of water or get a tissue. My students use a different silent signal for each request. They are: 

  • tap your head; 
  • tap your nose; 
  • tap your shoulder.

I can silently respond by shaking my head yes or no to each signal no matter how far away the student is from me. It's great to be able to respond without interrupting the story that I'm reading or the conversation that I'm having.

 

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