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.
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.”
Folders can be a simple pocket folders or envelopes. Your TPT folder must have the following materials inside:
- A laminated piece of light-colored construction paper – This will serve as a customized whiteboard for your students.
- A flannel square or sock – This serves as an eraser for your customized whiteboard.
- A dry-erase pen – Try to choose the ones with thin styles to cause less bulk in the envelope.
- True/Not True Hold-Up Cards – This hold-up card work for any content area and can repeatedly be used.
- Multiple-Choice Hold-Up – This simple hold-up also works for any content area and can regularly be used.
- Emotion Hold-Up Cards – This hold-up also works for any content area and can repeatedly be used.
- Decks of paper-clipped Number Cards – These cards can be used as hold up or simply for laying the numbers on student desks.
- A completed Appointment Agenda – This chart is useful for grouping students.
- The Processing Card – This card allows teachers to know where students are in their thinking.
- 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.
- A laminated A-Z chart – This chart is useful for early childhood classrooms.
- Laminated-content related charts – You can also provide content-related charts like a periodic table, maps, conversion table, and others.
- 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.
- Bounce cards – These cards are useful for facilitating talk between students.
- Guided note-taking templates.
Box of 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.
Most of the items listed above will be our free giveaways (worth $3.50!) to those teachers who will attend our Total Participation Techniques Seminar Workshop on 5 and 19 August 2017.
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.