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Total Participation Techniques to Engage Students (Quick Reference Guide)


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How do you gauge whether all of your students are actually learning, and doing so with deep levels of understanding? When students raise their hands to answer a question, do you see participation from the whole class or only the same few students? Total Participation Techniques to Engage Students is an essential guide for teachers at all levels who want to ensure that their lessons are relevant, engaging, and challenging for the whole class. Authors Pérsida and William Himmele explain the guiding principles of Total Participation Techniques (TPTs) and how to effectively use them in the classroom to encourage all students to participate in active learning—and to make it more likely that students will be cognitively engaged in lessons. The guide includes 15 classroom-ready TPTs that can be used immediately or integrated into future lessons, as well as the 8 keys to creating a TPT-conducive classroom.

About the authors

Pérsida Himmele is an associate professor at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She has served as an elementary and middle school teacher, a district administrator, an English language learner program consultant, and a public speaker on issues related to student engagement and teaching in diverse classrooms.

She has lived, taught, and studied in New York, California, and Pennsylvania, becoming actively involved in advocating for the passage of educational policies and funding formulas for the betterment of urban schools and English language learners.

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