Classroom Strategy | Teach Hands Free
Shannon Degan talks of an interesting strategy to use in a classroom when working with devices. While his strategy is directed towards the use of “a piece of technology, software, or an application” it is equally applicable when students are learning in a lab or solving problems.
The purpose for the hands crossed behind the back was to give a reminder to the assister to not reach for their device no matter how much they struggle, click the wrong item, or make mistakes. It helps give the assister a reminder to remain patient and allow the person seeking help to learn by doing. This process can be slower and a bit more frustrating, but the payoff is well worth the extra investment.
After you have read the full article, you are sure to think of different ways of using this in your classroom, even if you do not use technology-enabled devices.
Do let us know in the comments below, how this might work for your classroom.