Total Participation Techniques -- Follow up Discussion
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on November 10, 2015 - 4:10pm
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Hello colleagues, First of all I want to thank Becky Shiring and Sheryl Sherwin from Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School for presenting today's webinar "Total Participation Techniques for Cognitive Engagement in the ESL Classroom" -- TPTs. They shared a great many effective teaching ideas and strategies for engaging ALL students in higher order thinking. As a follow up to the video, Becky and Sheryl will be leading us in a discussion to deepen the conversation and involve our members. I'm looking forward to a rich and lively discussion this week!
Welcome, Becky and Sheryl!
Our presenters asked us to share which of the TPTs we'd like to implement in our own practice, so please do! Numbered heads has been a long time favorite of mine, but I would love to incorporate the use of the online spinner that was demonstrated. Becky and Sheryl, did you find the spinner online for free? Please post the link!
An activity I definitely want to incorporate in my teaching is the whiteboard splash. I can see using this with a wide range of topics, even with beginners. With the lowest level students, we could even just use photos and then have the students categorize the photos. For instance, after studying vocabulary for careers, the students could choose the jobs they like the most and the least to place on the whiteboard. They could then categorize the photos in a variety of ways: which jobs require English, which jobs require training, which jobs require working with others, which jobs require working alone, etc.
Please post your questions for Becky and Sheryl.
To get us started with questions, I'd like to ask Becky and Sheryl to highlight for us how TPTs are different compared to some of the activities we might already be doing in our classroom. The lesson examples you shared about the job interview tips was instructive. How do TPTs engage learners cognitively?
Here's an issue that came up during the webinar. How can TPTs be used with lower level students? While teachers working with intermediate and advanced learners are working hard to raise the bar to ensure these students are cognitively engaged, the challenge is different with students who are just starting to learn English. We'd love to hear your ideas for how to use TPTs with beginners and even with emergent readers, i.e., those who have had limited or interrupted formal schooling and who may also be learning to understand and speak English.
AELL and Assessment CoP members, please add your ideas and suggestions for using TPTs with beginners, as well.
Click here to access Becky and Sheryl's PowerPoint. If you missed the webinar, it will be available on the LINCS YouTube channel soon. We'll post the link as soon as it's available.
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller
LINCS Moderator, AELL & Assessment Communities of Practice