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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.


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.

How to Use TPTs for Note-Taking and Concept Analysis

Every learning opportunities provided in the classroom is somewhat limited by the time such concepts are to distilled and discussed in class. This rushed presentation of lessons can also lead to disregarding one of the important skills that students must learn – and that is note-taking.

As for students, it’s also a vague concept for them. Some of them don’t have a clue what to jot down during discussions. In some cases, some students may even be clueless on how to summarize the important points they have learned from the lessons.

Total Participation Techniques (TPTs) recognize the need for students to learn note-taking and concept analysis to deepen their understanding of the concepts being presented to them. If you decide to apply TPTs in your classroom, it doesn’t mean that direct instruction is already not allowed. You can still deliver your lessons using direct instruction; however, you need to pause now and then and make sure that students digest the information.

note making total participation techniques

For deep learning to take place, students must be given a chance to process and repackage what they learn in the form of a visual summary. This process will help them think the concepts critically. Therefore, during direct instruction, you can apply TPTs note-taking and concept analysis guide.

The TPTs guide to note-taking and concept analysis are:

  1. Confer, Compare and Clarify;
  2. Graphic Organizers and Prepared Packets
  3. Anticipatory Guides
  4. Picture Notes
  5. Lecture T-Chart
  6. The 3-Sentence Wrap Up
  7. A-Z Sentence Summaries
  8. Pause, Star, Rank
  9. Key-Word Dance
  10. Debate Team Carousel
  11. Technology Bases TPTs

Among the list given, I’ll discuss more Confer, Compare, and Clarify because this note-taking guide can almost be done on-the-spot. This technique can be done in the middle of the lesson or even as a summing up of that day’s lesson.

How Does It Work?

  1. In a pair, ask your students to “Confer, Compare, and Clarify.” Confer means that they must share a one-sentence summary of what they believe is the most important part of the presentation. During the ‘Compare’ part, the pair should share their notes with each other. It is important to tell the students that they can ‘borrow’ the ideas of their peers. Lastly, ‘Clarify’ is when the students are asked to record any questions that they have about the presentation.
  2. Soon after, ask the pairs to join other groups (forming a group of four). They will share the questions they have noted during the ‘Clarify’ stage and try to work together to form an answer to those listed questions.
  3. Ask the students to record the questions that could not be answered in the larger group on the board or in a piece of paper.
  4. Address these recorded questions before moving on to the next part of the presentation.

Confer, Compare and Clarify

To ensure that higher-order thinking is happening during this activity. Prepare some prompts that will help students to analyze the concepts they are learning together. These prompts will also help the students assess if they have taken down notes effectively. After the activity, you can also ask the students if they learn something from the note-taking strategies of their peers. You can even ask the students to write a short reflection about the areas that they can improve on, in their note-taking,  in the margin of their notebooks

Using ‘Confer, Compare, and Clarify’ does not need massive preparation for us, teachers. We just have to know at what part of our presentation we will ask our students to digest and synthesize the concepts we have just presented.


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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