Centers – Set Up Considerations

8 Jul

This is my second post in a row about centers.  I plan to use centers as a part of the Flipped Classroom concept next year.   

I recently read Nooks, Crannies and Corners by Imogene Forte given to me by my mother-in-law when she retired from teaching.  I learned a lot about centers reading it.  It will takke several posts to share the great tips.  Today I will share her ideas for setting up centers.

** Make sure there is free trafic flow.

** Centers (and classroom in general) must be clean, neat and attractive.

** Distance quiet & noisy centers.  Yesterday I mentioned that she suggests having days with quiet  centers and days with active centers…

** Centers have clearly marked areas.

** Centers must utilize optimum use with least amount of teacher direction.  I believe this is very important so the teacher canbe free to assist in a certain center or to assist students who are struggling, were absent, etc.

** Include specific plans regarding putting things away.

Although these may seem like common sense suggestions.  I have found that it is easy to try to focus on the task and worry too little about details.

I hope you find these helpful.  Keep sending me your tips for using centers or inncorporating the Flipped Classroom concept.

Gracias, Penny

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