Cute, right? But beyond that, just seeing this on the board made two things very clear to me. I know that this teacher understands the power of visual representations and she has clearly established routines for minimizing interruptions. I did indeed see children using the signals as I was in the room, so she is clearly using the system she put in place.
To decrease the amount of interruptions in your classroom, use a class signal for each need a child may have. Instead of a child raising their hand and disrupting the class, my students have shown me our class signals and with a simple head nod, their need is answered. I posted this little sign in the front of my classroom as a reminder for my students. I printed this sign on colorful and bright card stock paper and laminated it. The signals include: Bathroom Tissue Drink New pencil Question
Use "secret" hand signals to have students SHOW you what they need. Each finger means something different, so the teacher can differentiate what kids need when there are 7 hands raised! Great classroom management technique for nonverbal communication.