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.