Author: Mary Jane Gacutan-Abadines (page 1 of 3)

Is Your Classroom TPT-Ready?

Every classroom has its set of routines and practices so that it can run smoothly throughout the school year.


If we want to make a transition from a stand and deliver mode of teaching into more collaborative and engaging activity driven activities that involve students, then you need to develop a TPT (Total Participation Techniques) mindset.

tpt mindset

Having a TPT mindset makes us start thinking of how we can involve all students during discussions and not just a few handfuls who always raise their hands on almost every question we throw to the class.

To make your transition easy, you need to equip your students with the “TPT folder.”

TPT Folder

TPT envelope

Folders can be a simple pocket folders or envelopes. Your TPT folder must have the following materials inside:

  1. A laminated piece of light-colored construction paper – This will serve as a customized whiteboard for your students.
  2. A flannel square or sock – This serves as an eraser for your customized whiteboard.
  3. A dry-erase pen – Try to choose the ones with thin styles to cause less bulk in the envelope.
  4. True/Not True Hold-Up Cards – This hold-up card work for any content area and can repeatedly be used.
  5. Multiple-Choice Hold-Up – This simple hold-up also works for any content area and can regularly be used.
  6. Emotion Hold-Up Cards – This hold-up also works for any content area and can repeatedly be used.
  7. Decks of paper-clipped Number Cards – These cards can be used as hold up or simply for laying the numbers on student desks.
  8. A completed Appointment Agenda – This chart is useful for grouping students.
  9. The Processing Card – This card allows teachers to know where students are in their thinking.
  10. A laminated hundreds-chart – This chart is a useful tool for elementary-aged children, and it allows you to plan activities that build number sense.
  11. A laminated A-Z chart – This chart is useful for early childhood classrooms.
  12. Laminated-content related charts – You can also provide content-related charts like a periodic table, maps, conversion table, and others.
  13. A smaller envelope with pieces of scrap paper or index cards – These pieces of scrap papers is useful for Quick-Draws, Quick-Writes, and on-the-spot hold-ups.
  14. Bounce cards – These cards are useful for facilitating talk between students.
  15. Guided note-taking templates.

Box of Supplies

school supplies

Furthermore, to be TPT-conducive, you are going to need more than paper and pencils. You need to have your box of supplies filled with glue sticks and coloring materials. These boxes of materials are also applicable to be used in high school classrooms.

To be effective teachers, we need to love teaching first before loving our content. It is when we only enjoy what we do that we can be creative in designing engaging, fun, and challenging activities for our students.

We will be giving for free our TPT Bundle to those teachers who will attend our Total Participation Techniques Seminar Workshop on 5 and 19 August 2017. Another FREEBIE would be a planner customized for teachers 🙂 

Awesome Activity Pack for TPT-Ready Classrooms

If you’re interested, please fill in your details in this Google form. We will email you the payment details and how to reserve your slot. Only 12 slots for this seminar-workshop! Register and book your slot today!

As we will be opening a tutorial center, it will be held there. The name of the tutorial center is Bruner Learning Hub located in Maly, San Mateo.

The Importance of Technology to Teaching and Learning

Technology is a significant part of our lives. It affects our day-to-day routines like buying groceries, doing some shopping, communicating and socializing with colleagues and friends. With its increasing demands in our lives, it is no wonder that using technology in teaching has also become a fad.

The effective use of technology in teaching has re-defined education. Technology has created many learning opportunities for both teachers and students. Teachers are learning how to integrate technology in teaching, whereas students are more engaged and interested in the lessons every time iPads, Chromebook, or any educational gadgets are to be used. Now, why is there such a hype in using technology in the classroom? Here are some reasons on why educational technology is necessary:

Technology liberates education boundaries.

Because of using technology in the classroom, teachers have evolved to being the sole authority of knowledge to being facilitators of learning in the classroom. Educators and students work collaboratively so that the learning experience will be more meaningful for all.

Technology has also helped distant education. Students can participate in classroom activities and submit requirements for the course with just a laptop and the Internet.

Technology simplifies access to educational resources.

Materials have been made more accessible to students since teachers can just upload the materials for their subjects online and let students download them as needed. More than that, the world web is a vast database of materials which students and teachers can use to supplement their learning.

Technology sparks students’ interest in learning.

ed tech learning

Using technology in the classroom also adds students’ participation and excitement to the lesson. Students now are so adept at using different gadgets like smartphones, iPads, and others. If these technologies are used during lessons, students are likely to be more engaged because they are using their much-loved gadgets to facilitate their learning.

Technology also helps students be independent and responsible.

They can take ownership and be in charge of their learning. Moreover, students are also able to think more critically because of the extensive information available online.

The various educational software or apps have been designed to make learning easy and fun to the students. Through these apps and online resources, students can learn subjects that are difficult to them independently. Since students learn at their pace, understanding these concepts are made easier to them. They are free from the pressures and prejudices of others if they do not learn as fast as others do.

Technology supports differentiated instruction.

Teachers can use technology to cater to the different learning styles of their students. They can use assessment software to track students’ performance quickly. In doing so, designing an activity for each learning style is possible because teachers are aware of their students’ strengths and weaknesses. Also, there are so many available online sources that the teachers can choose from in designing their class activities. When students are taught according to their level, teachers can make sure that the learning objectives they set are being met.

Technology enhances students’ creativity and innovation.

creativity learning

Through the various activities designed by the teachers to integrate technology in their teaching, students become more innovative and creative so that they can always do the tasks given to them well. Through independent research and manipulation of the different applications designed for learning, students can exercise their creativity and innovativeness.

So if you are still hesitating in taking a step a forward and use technology in your teaching, you better wait no more. When we incorporate technology in our classroom, we not only motivate our students to be more participative during lessons and independent in their learning, we are also preparing them to the outside world where knowledge in technology has become more of necessity rather than a passing leisure.


TFT will also host its first ever Professional Development Workshop for teachers.  As we will be opening a tutorial center, it will be held there. The name of the tutorial center is Bruner Learning Hub located in Maly, San Mateo.

If you’re interested, please fill in your details in this Google form. We will email you the payment details and how to reserve your slot. Only 12 slots for this seminar-workshop! Register and book your slot today!

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