Quiet Signal

Type of strategy: Group Management

Used to reconvene a group after they have been engaged in an activity.


Establish the following procedure with participants prior to beginning activity.

  1. Facilitator raises her hand (or similar gesture that can be seen by group members) - Participants raise their hands
  2. Voices turn off turn when hands are raised
  3. Participant eyes and ears focus on facilitator

Submitted by: Todd Hamilton


gbuermann_3034's profile

I have used this for many years. It works well when you teach, model, practice then expect students to follow it. It quickly becomes a habit, and kids like it because you’re not always verbally telling them to be quiet. It’s more calming and unobtrusive, yet effective.