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Reading and Math Centers 101

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Jennifer Sajovec

on 20 November 2017

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Reading and Math Centers 101
Building Stamina...
Implementing Centers...
Types of Centers...
Center Management
Things to consider:
Student Choice vs. Assigned
Heterogeneous groups vs. Homogeneous groups
Rotation (one center or multiple centers)
Managing Materials

Building Memory Muscle
Where Fun Meets Function
Create a Mission Statement
Learner-Centered or Curriculum-Centered
Centers are "designed to provide appropriate materials to help students work independently or collaboratively (with partners or in small groups) to meet literacy goals."
Must teach behavior skills first and in isolation

Before implementation of student centers,students need to know what to do when:
Something does not work
They do not understand the activity at a center
They complete the activity
Whom to go to for help
How to clean up
How to decide who goes first in a pair or group activity
When they "don't work"...
start by asking some questions!
1. Did I do an effective job teaching the activity?
2. Is the activity interesting to students?
3. Have students mastered the skill and need to move on?
4. Is the center too difficult to do independently?
5. Did I introduce too many new centers at once?
Reflecting on Center Behavior

To know how to plan, implement, and evaluate, you must know what you really want to get out of them.
Centers allow students to work on skills independently while the teacher(s) focus on small group instruction.
Centers help develop learner skills (time-management, independent work focus, decision-making) as well as social skills (cooperation, problem-solving, sharing.)
1. Generate a list of 3-5 words about what you want out of centers"
2. Use those words to create a 1-2 sentence mission statement.
3. If time, create a visual symbol.
Setting-Up for Success
Types of Centers
Planning Quality Centers
Taking it to the NEXT LEVEL!
Don't dive right into academic centers.
1. Pick a team.
2. As a team, make a poster about why you should "win."
3. Provide things such as stats, logo, accomplishments, etc.
Planning High-Quality Centers
Questions to Ask.....

1. What is the main objective?

Too Many Bells and Whistles

2. Will students be able to work on it independently (meaning-don't need a reteach)?

3. Will it meet the needs of all learners? (ZPD)
4. Have you done a cost-benefit analysis?
Characteristics of Effective Literacy Centers
Differentiating... made easy!
1. Open Ended (Product Differentiated)

2. Tiered
3. Choice
Color Coding
Effective Literacy and Math Centers are....
..organized and managed so that students can work successfully and independently.
...both motivating and engaging.
...aligned with the curriculum.
...have a consistent structure throughout the year.
...activities based on ongoing assessment.
...easy for you (teacher) to manage.
...are designed to show student accountability.
5. What is the work product I hope to get from students?
6. How will I know if it's effective?
Tiered Activities
Multilevel Resources
Ways to
Differentiate Centers
Must-Do/May Do
6. Must Do/May Do
5. Multilevel Resources
Product Tiered
Skill-Level Groups
Tools for Differentiating...
Not all students work well in centers!
Always, always, always have a back-up!
4. Skill-level groups
Students work on the same standard/skill but a different level of output is expected.
Students all work on the same skill or standard but each activity is tailored to the current ZPD of that student/group.
Students are grouped together by their ZPD. Each group is assigned a similar task but the task is tailored to the group's ZPD.
Students are given resources/tools at their ZPD
All students are given the same task to complete at the beginning. Then, once the initial task is complete, they may choose from different options either depending on their skills level or interest level.
Students are allowed to pick either the center or the activity at the center. They are encouraged to make their choices according to their learner profile or interest.
Looking at Data...
Managing Materials
Supply Buckets
Next Level.....
Collect "RANDOM" work samples
Model (show them a quality product)
Provide a Rubric/Checklist
Allow students to "play" with any materials/manipulatives
Follow Through with Rewards
Students MUST know your expectations for EVERYTHING before you begin.
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