I can e-mail you some information that has been shared with me if you would like. If so, send me your e-mail address. Last year I was not able to do centers in my classroom due to the make up of my students. I had serious behavior issues! Let me know if I can help!
Last year I did guided reading/centers daily. To answer your questions, my I grouped my kids by ability, they went to one center per day, there were 2 no more that 3 students per group(for centers), I met with each group daily, and I had a management board posted on the board.
At the beginning of the year, I broke my students up in groups based on ability. I had 3 groups (high, medium, low). I would always start off my guided reading groups with the low group because they needed the most time with me. While I was meeting with the low group(or group 1 as I called them), group 2 would go to centers, and group 3 would do seatwork.After I was done with group 1, group 2 would come to the table, group 1 would go do seatwork, and group 3 would go to centers. On the last rotation, group 3 came to the table, group 1 went to centers, and group 2 did seatwork. Each week I had 4 to five centers depending on the difficulty of the center. The students would rotate to the centers daily. I had a management chart posted on the board ao that they could check to see which center they were going to on that particular day. Friday would be make-up day for centers if you were absent or didn't get a chance to finish it during the week. At the end of reading on Friday, I collected all center assignments. It worked really well, the sub was even able to do it with no problems. If would like to see how my management board looks I could email it to you.
*How many centers per day? There are about 5, but they have about 45 minutes to complete them at their own speed.
*How many students per group? About 5 to 6
*Do you use centers each day? Yes
*How do you decide how often you'll meet with each group per week for a guided reading lesson? The curriculum we use has so much to it, that I need to meet with them every day...but only for about 15 minutes each day.
*Do you have a "management board" that tells the students which center to go to or do they have a choice? I have a management board...actually list...but they choose what order they go in.
Are your center groups ability grouped? Yes and no. I do literature circles with my groups so the members of a group must be reading at close to the same level so that they can all participate in the discussions. However, one week a month we read stories from our basal (at my school we are supposed to use the basal because they cost too much money to leave them in a closet). During this week, I mix my groups just to give some variety.
How many centers per day? I do not really use centers, I use a rotation system. One rotation they are in rading group, one rotation they are silent reading and responding in their response journal, one rotation they are reading and responding to their literature circle assignment, and on the days that I do not meet with their group (I meet with each group 3-4 times per week - higher groups, 3 - lower groups, 4) they do go to centers. I have a writing center where they practice whatever skills we are working on in writing (sometimes grammar skills), a file folder center, a fluency center (where they practice reading fluently from small passages), and a computer/listening center (they can either work on the computer or listen to a basal story on tape). I do not grade centers, but I do grade the writing that they do in their response journals and their work for their literature circle groups.
How do you decide how often you'll meet with each group per week for a guided reading lesson? I usually let my schedule dictate this. I try to meet with my low kids at least 4 times per week, but I also try to keep my group sizes very small so that I can give individual help. I like to meet with my groups for 25-30 minutes on the days I meet with them so that I can do more in depth work with them.
Do you have a management board? Yes. I have tried it without and the kids get too confused and I find that they are doing the wrong things and not getting the things finished that they are supposed to.
Hello there - I teach first grade and center management is always a problem for me. I am interested to see a copy of your management board. It seems like a no brainer and really easy to manage once the students are accustomed to the routine. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much in advance!