Sign language is used in many classrooms to support classroom management strategies and routines. Infant, toddler, preschool, and school-age classrooms everywhere use simple to complex signs in order to signal bathroom breaks, lining up, greetings and more.
Basic sign language can be used in the classroom in many ways. While it will take some time to practice and perfect the signs, there are ways to include them in daily activities and routines which do not require fluency.
Check for Understanding: Classroom Management Page 28 (18/24) - Sign Language Tools for the Classroom - My ECE Class
Optional Resources for Further Study
- Solving Common Classroom Problems: Sign Language Lends a Hand By Rebecca Friedman with Eleanor Grewal for Education Week
- American Sign Language in the Classroom, what are the benefits? Teacher Inquiry by Christine Lack
- More Teachers Turning to Sign Language to Manage Classrooms by Emma Brown for
- Using Sign Language in the Classroom by Rick Morris for Education Oasis
- 9 Useful ASL Signs for the Early Childhood Classroom by Tiny Signs