Creating Classroom Centers

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About This Course

Discover how easy and effective classroom centers can really be! In this course, you'll learn how to create and implement activities that boost independent learning in the classroom.

You'll start out by learning what centers are (and aren't), what benefits they offer, and how to make the most of them. Next, you'll explore some very common mistakes teachers make with centers and gain tips for keeping your planning time to a minimum. You'll also get step-by-step instructions for creating a centers schedule all your students can use independently—even if they can't read. The insights you'll gain will show you how to adjust your centers routine for both your fastest learners an…

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About This Course

Discover how easy and effective classroom centers can really be! In this course, you'll learn how to create and implement activities that boost independent learning in the classroom.

You'll start out by learning what centers are (and aren't), what benefits they offer, and how to make the most of them. Next, you'll explore some very common mistakes teachers make with centers and gain tips for keeping your planning time to a minimum. You'll also get step-by-step instructions for creating a centers schedule all your students can use independently—even if they can't read. The insights you'll gain will show you how to adjust your centers routine for both your fastest learners and those who need more time.

Short on classroom space? You'll get great ideas for storing your centers and explore some alternatives to having a permanent spot for every center. You'll master an easy, effective process for introducing centers and their materials to your students, and develop strategies for what to do when things don't go quite as planned.

Increased small-group instruction time is one of the biggest benefits of centers, and you'll explore the kinds of instruction you can pursue during centers time.

Think centers can only be used for reading and language arts? Think again! We'll explore ideas for using centers to support instruction in math, science, and social studies. You'll also see how you can use technology (such as virtual bulletin boards, apps, and interactive white boards) in your centers to help keep your students engaged. By the time you finish the course, you'll not only have the knowledge you need to get the most out of centers—you'll have a wealth of resources and center ideas you can take and try so you can get started right away!

About The Instructor

This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be Laureen Reynolds.

Laureen Reynolds is a former classroom teacher and a best-selling author of books for teachers. She spent 12 years teaching in fully inclusive settings in an elementary school in New Hampshire, where she also served as chairwoman of both her local and district professional development committees. She now works as an author, trainer, and educational consultant speaking at school leadership seminars, teachers' conferences, and schools around the country. Her philosophy focuses on creating independent learners, differentiating classroom instruction, and embracing the research and the standards as driving forces in education.

Syllabus

A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

Week 1

Wednesday - Lesson 01

In our first lesson, you'll gain a clear understanding of what centers are. We'll dig into the three components that will make your centers effective and beneficial for you and your students. You'll discover the reasons centers are a valuable part of your daily routine—from increased success with core concepts for your students to additional small group instruction time for you. You'll also begin charting your own course by establishing the very first steps you need to take to make your centers the best they can be.

Friday - Lesson 02

You'll learn about some of the common mistakes teachers make when creating centers and discover some ideas for centers that will help you avoid these pitfalls. You'll also examine the benefits of creating durable and open-ended centers and discuss the importance of consistency in making students more independent workers and buying you more small-group instruction time. Finally, you'll gain some useful insights about creating paperless centers and begin your own centers planning by developing a center idea from the information in the lesson.

Week 2

Wednesday - Lesson 03

This lesson teaches you how to pare down your centers planning and keep it that way, even as you add more centers for your students to complete each week. We'll talk about how long planning should take and where you might find ideas for centers. You'll examine your daily schedule and figure out how long your centers session should last each day and how to determine the number of centers you'll need.

Friday - Lesson 04

Wouldn't it be great to have a simple way to set up a centers schedule that all of your students could follow independently? That's what you'll gain in this lesson. You'll discover the reasons behind my centers grouping strategy and how to rotate your students quickly and easily to ensure that every child visits every center every week. I'll also share with you my secret for supporting both individual work paces and early finishers.

Week 3

Wednesday - Lesson 05

While you're planning your centers, you can save time storing the materials you'll need as you go. In this lesson, you'll learn a great method for doing this. I'll also share a simple suggestion to help you put students in charge of their work for the week and keep track of what needs to be done. You'll also discover an effective way to track student progress and give feedback. Plus, we'll continue our conversation about permanent and portable centers and space-saving ideas.

Friday - Lesson 06

In this lesson, you'll learn how to navigate the ins and outs of center introductions. We'll talk about the different parts of an introduction, and I'll give you specific strategies for achieving the best possible result when helping your students discover how to use the schedule board and centers materials independently.

Week 4

Wednesday - Lesson 07

There are alwasy last-minute, not-to-be-forgotten details that you need to have in place when you're getting ready to have your students start centers for real. We'll explore the items you may want to review with your students, and I'll share a fun game to make that process more memorable. You'll also learn about your role in the first week of centers: watching and adjusting. Finally, we'll do a double-check and make sure your centers are as kid-friendly as possible.

Friday - Lesson 08

In this lesson, I'll take you through the simple but purposeful process of changing centers each week. We'll explore how to handle new centers you add as your students become ready for more. You'll also gain a few more examples of every-weekers as we examine how important they are in helping you keep planning under control. Finally, you'll see how you can use the data you gather about your students' progress to inspire you as you create new centers.

Week 5

Wednesday - Lesson 09

One of the biggest benefits of doing centers is that it "buys" you time for small-group instruction. In this lesson, you'll explore different grouping strategies for three kinds of small-group instruction using data. You'll understand the purpose of each type of small-group instruction and get a taste of what each kind of instruction looks like with some examples of questions, conversations, and activities that might occur during each lesson.

Friday - Lesson 10

Did you know that you can use the choice activities we introduced as part of our centers routine during other parts of our day? Here, you'll learn how choice activities in other subject areas are the same and different from those used at center time, and you'll discover an added benefit of using this technique in content-specific areas. You'll also gain a slew of ideas for choice activities for math and language arts times.

Week 6

Wednesday - Lesson 11

Next, we'll talk about branching out from more traditional literacy and math centers to include centers that revolve around different subject areas. We'll explore centers possibilities in science and social studies that include art, literature, and vocabulary practice. We'll also examine exciting center ideas that incorporate technology like interactive white boards, apps, websites, and software. You'll come away with some ideas to try in each area right away and resources to explore further on your own.

Friday - Lesson 12

Do you feel like you need some more center ideas to get your brain juicing? Well, this is the lesson for you! We'll spend each chapter exploring center ideas for literacy and math centers that will boost your students' bottom line. You'll discover center ideas to supplement your every-weekers, ideas for activities that practice specific skills, and even center ideas to practice rote concepts like spelling words and math facts.


Requirements

Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).

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