This Week's Topic:
The time that students spend in the classroom actually working on academic subjects is sometimes referred to as "engaged time."
During independent seatwork, difficult-to-teach students may not have effective strategies to ask for teacher help. Instead, when these students encounter a problem or work example that they cannot complete on their own, they may start to act out, distract peers seated around them, interrupt the teacher (who may be working with another group of students), or simply sit passively doing nothing. The help-signal is a flexible procedure that the student can use to get teacher assistance during independent seatwork. It allows the student to signal the teacher unobtrusively for help while continuing to work productively on alternative assignments.
This issue of The Practical Teacher introduces steps for a successful Help Sign. NASET Member's login below to access the full issue.