January 11, 2006
To prevent distracting shout outs, my students use sign language and gestures taught on the first day of class. I reinforce the signs throughout the first week. If a student needs to use the restroom, he/she forms the letter T by putting the thumb between the forefinger and middle finger in a raised fist position. I simply look at the student and shake my head yes or no. A raised pencil means it needed sharpening. I keep replacements handy. The letter W is formed with three middle fingers raised meaning water. For sickness, I request that students not stop and ask, but immediately go to the trashcan. I can figure that one out.