FREE Simplifying & Re-Thinking Centers: Creating a better system

Angela Watson
Grade Levels
K - 5th, Homeschool
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  • PDF
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13 pages
Angela Watson


Are you overwhelmed by the idea of finding, making, and running literacy centers or math centers in your classroom? Centers don't have to be complicated--you can learn how to create and manage learning centers quickly and easily. This item is a 13 page PDF excerpted from my eBook, "The Cornerstone: Classroom Management That Makes Teaching More Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable."

In just this single chapter (13 pages!), you'll learn:

-How to decide if centers are the best use of your time (and your students' time) by weighing the advantages and drawbacks

-Discover activities other than centers that students can do during reading group rotations

-Create a reading group rotation that makes teaching easier for you and more meaningful for your students

-Ensure that centers are serving your intended purpose and moving students toward learning goals

-Learn how centers can be used at different times during the school day (not just during your literacy block)

-Explore how mixed-ability center groups can help you differentiate for students' individual needs

-Design a system for students to take centers back to their seats or use them in designated areas around the room

-Choose useful learning center materials and organize them well

-Create an easy system for determining who goes to each center at each time

-Determine how to assess center work and figure out if students are using their time wisely

-Introduce center routines and procedures to the class so that centers run smoothly

Other chapters from "The Cornerstone" book are available for free on TpT:

Hands-On and Cooperative Learning

How to Teach ANY Procedure

You can also purchase the entire book (500 pages of resources!).

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Be sure to check out my website where there are hundreds of pages of classroom management resources that make teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable! You'll find photos, activities, printable forms/posters, and more.




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