Non-Verbal Interventions are used by the teacher to redirect undesirable classroom behavior or affirm positive student behavior. This form of intervention includes facial expressions, gestures, body posture, and position. It supports maximizing instructional time by redirecting students without diverting the attention of the entire class. To use Non-Verbal Interventions effectively, the teacher must be aware of what is happening in all parts of the classroom.
- Identify the non-verbal cues to use with all students by considering the behaviors that often need correction or encouraged during a daily lesson. Use cues that are simple, discrete, and relevant to the classroom rules.
- Inform students of the reasons why cues will be used.
- Introduce and model the cues one at a time, and teach students the expected response to each cue.
- Allow time for students to practice the cycle of “teacher cue, students respond”.
- Implement cues immediately and consistently.