Hand signals

Hand-signals are a technique that can make workshops and meetings run more smoothly and help the facilitator see emerging agreements and common ground.

Hand-signals may also help diverse students to get their voice heard during the learning conversations. The basic concept is that people use different gestures or shapes with their hands, to communicate some basic ideas in a non-verbal way (e.g. “I want to speak”, “I agree”, “I don’t understand”).

  • Forefinger: wish to speak.
  • Two forefingers: direct response to a point
  • Wiggling hands: silent applause
  • L-shape: language issue
  • T-shape: technical issue.

Read more about the hand signal technique in the attachment or invent similar gestures to your teaching needs.

Examples of hand signs

Source: Seeds for Change, Facilitation tools for meetings and workshops: https://www.seedsforchange.org.uk/tools.pdf

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