I’ve written several times about the power of touch in the classroom, and they’ve all received a lot of feedback.
I’ve just read some additional studies that say a light touch on the upper arm can increase “compliance” substantially, and two light touches can increase it even more. In addition, a touch can result in a higher positive response rate to a request for help.
I thought readers might be interested in seeing my earlier posts on the topic, along with multiple comments left by others on them:
Should Teachers Be Allowed to Touch Students? is from The Atlantic.
Doug Lemov has a nice post on using touch in the classroom.
Feedback on this topic are welcome!