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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:
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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!

On-the-Spot TPT: Quick-Writes

Do you ever wonder if the students process and comprehend what they learn? Even the best lesson loses its vitality in the face of disconnected students. How are you going to gauge the depth of your students’ understanding of the concepts being delivered?

The On-the-Spot TPTs allow you to get immediate feedback on how well your students comprehend the lessons. These activities require little or no preparation. You can insert this activity in any part of the lesson where you notice your students’ cognitive disconnect. Or, you can also strategically plan them in specific spots in your lesson.

One On-the-Spot TPT that you can use is the Quick-Writes. Quick-Write is a brief response to a question or probe. This strategy will help develop writing literacy while giving teachers immediate feedback on where the students currently stand in understanding the material.

TPT quick write

How does this work?

You need to select an interesting prompt that you would like to ask your students. Next, you’ll give a specified amount of time so students can think about and jot down their response (2 to 3 minutes will do depending on your prompt). Once down, you can do a Pair-Share, a Networking Session, or other Total Participation Techniques, so students can quickly share their answer to their seatmates.

How are you going to ensure that higher-order thinking is happening in your class while doing quick-writes?

Just simple go beyond asking students to explain the meaning or a concept. Instead, let them make connections between the concepts and their effects to their community or the people around them. You can begin your question with “In what ways..” or “How might things be different…” You need to provide for students to understand the broader scope of what they are learning. Let them think about why the concept they are learning is important. Another way to ensure higher-order thinking is by making students reflect on the deeper connections and purposes of the concepts they are learning.

Here is a video showing how the quick-write works.

What are the benefits of Quick-Writes?

Quick-Writes promote spontaneity and freedom in writing. Through this activity, students can practice their writing skills while exercising critical thinking and focus. Quick-Writes also provide time for students to collect their thoughts before verbalizing these thoughts to the class, hence, giving them less pressure when they are asked to share their ideas. Additionally, this TPT allows collaboration to take place in class because students can share their work and discuss their ideas with their peers.

By this time, try to pause and think of your lessons for next week. What are the prompts that you can interject throughout your teaching to ensure the students are understanding and making connections between what is being learned? I encourage you to use Quick-Write as a staple in your teaching. This activity won’t take much of your time during preparation, yet it is guaranteed that you can keep your students fully focused and engaged during lessons.

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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! 🙂

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