Instructional Practice

Effective Practices

Non-Verbal Interventions

I-5, I-9



Teachers often want to implement cues for a wide variety of rules or procedures.  Decide which behaviors are most important to address, and use cues for those.  The fewer cues students have to remember, the more likely they will be able to follow them.

Quick Tips

Teachers may find some students need distinct cues to address their individual behavioral needs.  It is helpful for the teacher to know his/her students well as this will help determine which non-verbal interventions will be most effective.


Manage Behavior with Non-Verbal Cues

Body Language in the Classroom


Other Strategies


Hands-Up is a non-verbal practice to get the class’ attention immediately.  The teacher raises his or her hand and mandates that students follow suit.  It is a stern expectation for the students to stop talking and pay attention to the teacher as soon as hands go up.  As each student sights the cue and quiets down, a wave of hand-raising will cover the classroom, calling attention to those still talking, eventually leading all students to pay attention to the teacher.


Teachers can use a printed sign to indicate the behavior expected of students rather than a physical cue.