Course Code: 4cc
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.
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.
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.
Wouldn't it be great to have a simple way to set up a center's 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you feel like you need some more center ideas to get your brain started? 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".
Laureen Reynolds is a former classroom teacher and a best-selling author of books for teachers. She spent 12 years teaching in fully inclusive settings in an elementary school in New Hampshire, where she also served as chairwoman of both her local and district professional development committees. She now works as an author, trainer, and educational consultant speaking at school leadership seminars, teachers' conferences, and schools around the country. Her philosophy focuses on creating independent learners, differentiating classroom instruction, and embracing the research and the standards as driving forces in education.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access expires.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
I enjoyed this course IMMENSELY! I found the instructor's writing style extremely easy to follow and full of ideas to use in my classroom! I would definitely recommend this course to my fellow teachers! Great course!"
Great class jammed with useful ideas that I could implement in my classroom, almost immediately! Loved it."
I really enjoyed this class! It gave me tons of ideas for centers to implement in the classroom. I loved all the tips and hints on how to plan centers, set them up, introduce them to the class, etc. I would definitely recommend this class to others!"
The instructor provided a wealth of information and resources. Thank you!"
This was a great class! I learned so much. I can't wait to implement the ideas I have learned from this class. I would recommend this to teachers especially first year teachers. Thank you for offering this great class."
I am very glad that I took this course. I believe the things that I learned will be especially helpful to me this school year because I have a large class with wide differences in abilities. This is a great course and I would recommend it to others who are interested in using centers and differentiation in instruction. The instructor was wonderful... very knowledgeable in her subject area and she uses humor very effectively!"