A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - Getting Started With Centers
In your first lesson, you will gain a clear understanding of what centers are by looking into three components that will make your centers effective and beneficial for you and your students. You will discover the reasons center activities 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.
Lesson 02 - Mistakes People Make
In this lesson, you will learn about some of the common mistakes that teachers make when creating centers and discover some ideas for centers that will help you avoid these pitfalls. You will also examine the importance of consistency and some benefits of creating durable and open-ended centers.
Lesson 03 - Planning for Centers
This lesson teaches you how to pare down your center planning and keep it that way, even as you add more centers for your students to complete each week. You will examine your daily schedule to determine the number of centers you will need and how long your centers session should last each day.
Lesson 04 - Helping Students Manage Centers
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 will gain in this lesson. You will discover center grouping strategy and how to rotate your students to ensure that every child visits every center every week.
Lesson 05 - Managing the Papers, Places, and Materials
When you're planning your centers, you can save time storing the materials you will need as you go. In this lesson, you will learn a great method for doing this. You will also discover an effective way to track student progress, give feedback, and put students in charge of their work for the week.
Lesson 06 - Practice Makes Permanent
This lesson navigates the ins and outs of center introductions. You will learn the different parts of an introduction. You will also learn how strategies for achieving great results when helping your students use the schedule board and centers materials independently.
Lesson 07 - Launching the First Week of Centers
There are always last-minute, not-to-be-forgotten details that you need to have in place when you're getting ready to have your students start center activities. In this lesson, you will learn about your role in the first week of centers: watching and adjusting.
Lesson 08 - Moving Forward With Centers
This lesson will walk through the simple but purposeful process of changing centers each week. You will examine how “every-weekers” are important for keeping planning under control. Finally, you will see how you can use the data about your students' progress to create new centers.
Lesson 09 - Small-Group Instruction
One of the biggest benefits of doing centers is that it buys you time for small-group instruction. In this lesson, you will explore different grouping strategies for three types of small-group instruction using data. You will also see examples of questions, conversations, and activities from each type.
Lesson 10 - Taking Choice Activities Outside of Centers
Did you know that you can use the choice activities introduced as part of the centers’ routine? In this lesson, you will learn how choice activities in other subject areas are the same and different from those used at center time.
Lesson 11 - Bringing Variety to Your Centers
In this lesson, you will branch out from more traditional literacy and math centers to include centers that revolve around different subject areas. You will explore center possibilities in science and social studies that include art, literature, and vocabulary practice.
Lesson 12 - Center Ideas to Take and Try
Do you feel like you need some more center ideas to get your brain juicing? Well, this is the lesson for you. You will explore center ideas for literacy and math centers that will boost your students' bottom line and discover some new ideas and activities to supplement your “every-weekers.”