With our district talking so much about formative assessments, student engagement, and total participation techniques, one may wonder where and/or how to begin. Well, here is a resource (book listed below) and a little support summed up just for you! Before I begin I want to assure you this process is easy! There is only one idea to keep in the back of your mind, and that is, “What do I want my students to get out of my lesson?”
First of all, I must let you know upfront that many teachers have already started their own personal journeys through this process of implementing strategies and techniques. I want to assure you that it will take very little time to start your own journey. One important bit of information before we start is: having fun with formative assessment is totally encouraged.
Just by reading chapters four and five in the book (listed below), you will already feel confident in making attempts to formatively assess your students; and support student engagement by using total participation techniques.
Chapter four includes: “On-the-Spot TPTs.” Chapter five includes “TPT Hold-Ups.” I have ranked the techniques extremely easy, or more challenging than others (this is because the technique takes a longer amount of time than the others).
Extremely Easy, no materials needed, and utilizing very little time:
*Thumbs-Up When Ready
*Thumbs - Up/Down Vote
Extremely Easy, writing materials needed, and utilizing very little time:
*Chalkboard Splash (need sticky notes and place to post notes)
Extremely Easy, but need premade cards; and utilizing very little time:
*Number Card Hold-Ups
*True/Not True Hold-Ups
*Multiple Choice Hold-Ups
More Challenging than others:
*Numbered Heads (analyzing)
More information about all of these techniques can be found in the text noted below.
In both chapters four and five, there is an extremely easy format to follow. It lists:
*Steps to how they work-this gives you step-by-step directions in how to use the technique.
*How to Ensure Higher-Order Thinking-gives you steps to ensure higher-order thinking.
*Pause to Apply-gives you ideas on when you might use the technique.
The resource I recommend is a book: Total Participation Techniques, by Persida and William Himmele. (2011)
What engagement strategies do you use to ensure total participation? Comment below to share your ideas!