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Is Your Classroom TPT-Ready?

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

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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.

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. 

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.

Using Chromebooks in the Classroom

Chromebooks are inexpensive laptops running Google’s Chrome browser and offering a more traditional laptop functionality than tablets. Due to their affordability, Chromebooks are brilliant investments if you are thinking of maximizing the use of technology in your classes.

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Chromebooks rely heavily on Google Suite applications. The devices do not have plenty of memory, but they are tied to cloud services, which means that data are accessible even if students use different Chromebook or laptop at home.

Here are the reasons why your school should use Chromebooks to facilitate learning:

Practical and durable Chromebooks

These devices are easy to use and are structurally robust, making them more resistant to damage, and thus are excellent to be used by kids who are less careful of their things. Chromebooks are light and you can easily bring them around. 

They are light and you can easily bring them around. 

Another reason why Chromebooks are highly recommended in education is because of their battery life. Battery life can last for 8 to 10 hours, which saves the teachers the trouble of charging the devices during breaks. Since Chromebooks are low-maintenance, teachers can focus more on their teaching preparations. 

Chromebooks are low-maintenance, teachers can focus more on their teaching preparations

Chromebooks are built for students

Technology in school has shown an increase in engagement of the students rather than distract them. With the right devices, effective integration of technology in lessons will be carefully mapped out by the teachers.

There are several educational tools that educators can use in their class to keep the students interested in the lesson.

Collaboration is made easy through the use of Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets. Moreover, since Chromebooks are integrated with cloud-based storage, files and work done by the students can be accessible even if they use another device. They just need to log in their email. 

Moreover, since Chromebooks are integrated with cloud-based storage, files and work done by the students can be accessible even if they use another device. They just need to log in their email. 

Since it only uses the internet and google applications, it does not get bogged down with programs and other unnecessary data and apps that can slow down the processes.

Helpful in career preparation

Studies show that using computers in class help students develop higher order skills of critical thinking and analysis. They can scientifically inquire and actively engaged to the real-world contexts.

Educators instill work habits early on to the students as these students prepare for their future career paths.

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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.

If you’re interested, please fill in your details in this google form. We will email you with 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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