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rgn0002 01-04-2012 05:35 PM

Wanted: Center advice
I just began my internship in a second grade classroom. I have never been into a classroom that doesn't have centers. I think centers are GREAT, but I have no idea how to enter a classroom that isn't accustomed to doing centers.
How should I go about this?
How can I teach my expectations?
How can I hold students accountable for their work done at centers?
How can I teach students how they should behave during centers?
I can come up with centers, but I feel so overwhelmed when thinking about how to even begin with the students.
Instead of doing centers, student's have daily assignments they complete while the teacher does reading small group. I think that having a chance to do independent work is important, but I'd like to incorporate centers. I think the kids would really benefit and like it.
ANY advice is welcome and GREATLY appreciated.

edistonian 01-06-2012 04:21 PM

Buy and read the book, Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work by Debbie Diller. It will tell you how to do everything. She tells you how to set up very simple and inexpensive centers. I have 10 workstations with 2 students in each one. I have had 12 before when I had more students. I would never teach any other way. The students are engaged and it allows you to work with small groups. Start by introducing one center at a time. Model the right and wrong way they should be working in the workstations. My rule is "strike ONE and you're out". They sit out for a while by you or at their seat. Be very consistent with what you expect. Have lots of choices in each center.
Good luck! Your students will love you for trying!!!

mrscampbella 01-12-2012 08:18 PM

I have taught Kindergarten and we did 10 centers where everyone through the week rotated to each center..each child did the same this is my first year in Second grade and they are talking about differentiating..I have the book "what are the other kids doing while I teach small group" and they have a reading ticket where you have to do 'have to' centers (the ones that focus on that week's skill) and then they choose from others..they pick the order they do them question this the same thing as differentiating if I pick their have to's or am I supposed to come up with one center and three levels at that one center..

also..does the diller book suggest to do the levels at each center or just to do the center???

Also K I paired them up (a higher level and lower) so that, hopefully, someone knew what to do at the I do the same in Second?????

edistonian 01-20-2012 02:31 AM

I differentiate by having lots of choices in each work station. The children like being able to choose an activity in each station. I also call them back to the rug after each rotation. This is where I hold up their work and really brag on what they did. I really think this is a big part of it because they love getting this attention from their peers. I also use this time to discuss any problems they had or problems that I noticed while they were at the work stations.

Dan 06-16-2012 05:14 PM

Daily 5
Check out the Daily 5. My students are doing more reading, all is differentiated, they are involved and doing instead of listening and seatwork, and I don't have to change up center activities unless I want to for Word Work. Daily 5.

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