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Discover how easy and effective classroom centers can really be! In this course, you'll learn how to create and implement activities that boost independent learning in the classroom.
You'll start out by learning what centers are (and aren't), what benefits they offer, and how to make the most of them. Next, you'll explore some very common mistakes teachers make with centers and gain tips for keeping your planning time to a minimum. You'll also get step-by-step instructions for creating a centers schedule all your students can use independently—even if they can't read. The insights you'll gain will show you how to adjust your centers routine for both your fastest learners and those who need more time.
Short on classroom space? You'll get great ideas for storing your centers and explore some alternatives to having a permanent spot for every center. You'll master an easy, effective process for introducing centers and their materials to your students, and develop strategies for what to do when things don't go quite as planned.
Increased small-group instruction time is one of the biggest benefits of centers, and you'll explore the kinds of instruction you can pursue during centers time.
Think centers can only be used for reading and language arts? Think again! We'll explore ideas for using centers to support instruction in math, science, and social studies. You'll also see how you can use technology (such as virtual bulletin boards, apps, and interactive white boards) in your centers to help keep your students engaged. By the time you finish the course, you'll not only have the knowledge you need to get the most out of centers—you'll have a wealth of resources and center ideas you can take and try so you can get started right away!
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.
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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!
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