Discrete Signals

Discrete Signals · Lesson Ideas

Some students will require assistance due to medical, behavioural or cognitive issues. However, teens are often reluctant to draw attention to themselves. Some students have notice that frustration or distress is imminent and may need a break from the classroom or a specific intervention from a teacher. This may include:

The use of discrete signals between teacher and student can be very useful:

Discrete signals are usually non-verbal:

Code words or phrases, pre-determined with students may also be effective.

These signals can also work to the teacher’s advantage. Proximity to some students is essential in preventative and ongoing behaviour management. For example:

Be sure to work out appropriate signals with students individually. Those on the autism spectrum, for example, may not notice eye contact or facial expressions and may prefer to develop a system that works uniquely for them.