Inquiry inviting nonverbal responses

Participation encompasses more than voicing a response. Though open-ended questions create opportunities for discussion, not all visitors will be comfortable with voicing their ideas, so some opportunities should be presented on the tour for nonverbal participation. For example, English language learners on your tour may not be able to completely follow all questions and responses. If the tour only allows for verbal participation, they will begin to disengage. For Art Adventure tours, remember that not all students easily recall and communicate the information that was shared in the classroom. A chance to participate in a nonverbal manner is inclusive and often re-engages visitors.

Tip: Quick-opinion questions can be answered with a thumbs up/thumbs down or show of hands. Ask follow-up questions after such a nonverbal opportunity, though, as those who may have developed an opinion could be interested in supporting it (e.g., Using a show of hands, which do you think was more difficult to make—Majorelle’s buffet or Hernmarck’s weaving? Why?).
Tip: To include more of your group, consider adding opportunities for all to respond through simple movements. For example, ask visitors to make a shape they see in an artwork with their hands or strike a pose seen within the art.