Ways to affirm students' efforts (from Susan Gross). Can you think of other, culturally relevant ones? If so, please post them here!



Ways for Class Members to Provide Praise to Their Peers

Applause the ASL Way - When people who are deaf clap, they raise their hands in the air above their heads and shake them like "jazz hands" (for more information, see: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_clap_in_sign_language)

Boom, Snap, Clap -





Cowboy (el gaucho) - Pretend to be twirling a lasso and then say, "Yee haw!" (from Susan Gross)

Fireworks (los fuegos artificiales) - Place both hands together. With the fingertips pointing upward, wiggle them back and forth (like one might to show a fish swimming) as you move them upward (to demonstrate the path of the firework), then "explode" the firework and make the sound effects (from Susan Gross)



Rollercoaster (la montaña rusa) - Take one hand and make the motion of an ocean wave and then make the sound effect (whooooooooooooewwww) (from Susan Gross)



Round of Applause - Clap your hands, but move them in a large circle as you clap (from Susan Gross)

Snaps - Everyone in the class snaps their fingers in appreciation of a response (from TE 802/804, 2007-2008)



Ways to Affirm Students' Responses

Ándale
Así es
Brillante
Buen trabajo
Correcto
Eso es
Estupendo
Exacto
Excelente
Fabuloso
Fantástico
Fenomenal
Increíble
Magnífico
Maravilloso
Muy bien
Perfecto
Requete bien
Sigue así
Super
Tiene(s) razón



See also: Assessment, Classroom Management, Effective One Liners, Instructional Strategies, Signals for Attention, Special Needs, Validation



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