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TPTs Involving Movement

Various brain research suggests that movement is inescapably linked to learning and memory. Hence, teachers must design lessons that are both experiential and kinesthetic. Teachers should release the students from passive learning posture – glued to their seats, listening to teachers rattle their lessons in front by asking questions and making them answer worksheets, disengage with whatever is happening in the class, with decreased oxygen in their brains – and engage them physically and creatively with what they are learning.

The Total Participation Techniques (TPTs) provide activities where students will be manipulating objects or be out of their seats interacting and processing their learning together.

The TPTs that involve movements are as follows:

  1. Line-Ups and Inside-Outside Circles
  2. Three 3’s in a Row
  3. Networking Sessions
  4. Categorizing and Sorting
  5. Appointment Agendas
  6. Bounce Cards
  7. Mouth It, Air-Write It, or Show Me Using Your Fingers
  8. Acting It Out, Role-Plays, and Concept Charades
  9. Simulations
  10. Cut-and-Pastes
  11. TPTs During the Read-Aloud

I will concentrate in one of the TPTs that I personally find engaging to students and applicable to all age levels – Three 3’s in a Row.

Three 3’s in a Row (Himmele & Himmele, 2009) is an activity like Bingo, in which students interact with peers and get the peer’s feedback on what they should write in the boxes of their template.

What Makes It Fascinating

  • Students choose to answer what they feel most comfortable with, allowing other students to get the opinions from “peer experts.”
  • All students, experts or not, are required to process the questions in the nine boxes.
  • It provides the teacher with quick assessment feedback. The teacher simply walks around and observe the boxes that are not answered by most of the students.
  • It leads to great conversations and sharing of ideas wherein students can think critically (when the right questions are asked).

How It Works

  1. Prepare nine questions based on the content being learned and type them in Three 3s in a Row template.
  2. Students walk around the room asking peers to explain one answer (only one answer) to them.
  3. Students summarize their peer’s responses in the box. Emphasize to the students at the beginning of the activity that they need to write the responses of their peers themselves. Students must listen to each other, process the responses of their peers, and record their understanding of their peers’ responses.
  4. Students find another peer to answer another question and repeat the process. Students cannot ask two questions a single person to ensure that they are going around while the activity is being done.
  5. Go over the answers to the questions by asking volunteers to share their responses.

Sample Three 3’s in a Row template: I used my topic in class “Macbeth” Act 1 Scene 1 – 3


How to Ensure Higher Order Thinking

Your activity is only as good as the questions you prepare. Not all your questions need to answer higher order thinking, but make sure to add some big questions where students will analyze, synthesize, and evaluate. You can also think outside the classroom in making questions. Ask them the implications of the concepts they are learning for the larger world outside their classroom or for their personal worlds.

Three 3’s in a Row can provide a wonderful opportunity for students to interact and learn together. It takes a little time to prepare this TPT technique. All you need to think about is the questions you’ll ask the students to answer. So as you prepare your next lesson, why not try and incorporate this technique. Please do give us feedback after your try it. We would love to hear your stories.

 

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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.

There will be two sessions for it:

1st part, August 5, Saturday:
We’ll introduce the need for TPTS and then learn about total participation techniques (TPT), in particular, On-the-spot TPTs and TPT holds up.
2nd part, August 19, Saturday:
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We’ll learn TPTs that involve movement and how we can use TPTs for notetaking and concept analysis.

If you’re interested, please fill in your details in this google form. We will email you with more details and how to reserve your slot. Thank you for interest and support! 🙂

Don’t delay as the early bird promo only applies this month!

TPT Hold-Ups and the Active Learners

As teachers, we all want our students to be both physically and mentally involved with what is being taught in class. Hence, we try to create activities that will require our students’ involvement. The TPT (Total Participation Technique) Hold-Ups can be another bag of tricks for you.

Hold-Ups are interaction-based activities that use response cards. These activities will allow students to interactively reflect on a prompt and hold up a card, paper, or whiteboard in response. Studies suggest that response cards are useful for improving participation and on-task behaviour. And since students are more present and engaged during the classes when response cards are used, achievement on quizzes and tests improve, at the same time disruptive behaviours decrease.

TPT hold up

These are the Hold-Ups that you can use in class:

  1. Selected-Response Hold-Ups
  2. Number Card Hold-Ups
  3. True/Not True Hold-Ups
  4. Multiple-Choice Hold-Ups
  5. Whiteboard Hold-Ups

This set of TPTs requires a bit a preparation since the teachers need to prepare the response cards to be used. However, fear not! You can laminate those response cards so that they can become reusable.

Each Hold-Up works in the same way. Ask the students to think about and discuss responses to a set of prepared prompts or question. Before the students hold up their cards, they must pair-share or confer in small groups first. They need to share their responses to others. Remind students that they should not hold up their cards yet. Once enough time has been given to the students to discuss their answers, a minute or two will do depending on the types of questions, say “Hold it up.” This time, the students hold up their cards. You can call selected students to share their group’s rationale for their choice.

To ensure that higher order thinking, teachers must use wrong answers as teachable moments. You must be ready to give quick feedback to students who hold up wrong answers. Through this simple TPT Hold-Ups, teachers will be able to get immediate feedback on how well the students understand the concepts learned. Remediation and reteaching can be done on concepts that most students are unable to comprehend fully.

Reading different classroom strategies is futile if there’s no application of the theories. Think of your next lessons, why not try applying these diverse TPTs (Total Participation Techniques)? Students seem to love Hold-Ups because they might somewhat feel that the activity is like a game. Students enjoy forming huddles in small groups, holding up their cards, and defending their choices. TPT Hold-Ups guarantee that students will be more engaged and involved during the learning process.

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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.

There will be two sessions for it:

1st part, August 5, Saturday:
We’ll introduce the need for TPTS and then learn about total participation techniques (TPT), in particular, On-the-spot TPTs and TPT holds up.
2nd part, August 19, Saturday:
.
We’ll learn TPTs that involve movement and how we can use TPTs for notetaking and concept analysis.

If you’re interested, please fill in your details in this google form. We will email you with more details and how to reserve your slot. Thank you for interest and support! 🙂

Don’t delay as the early bird promo only applies this month!

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