With the start of a new trimester I began using centers in my classroom.
The main reason I am using centers is because I have many more students in my classroom with Individualized Educational Plans. This is because 2 years of World Languages are required now to graduate in Michigan, beginning with this year’s Freshmen.
Our high school World Language classes have typically included mostly college bound students who are in the top 20% of their class. We are all happily learning to differentiate and accommodate learners of all skill levels. I have found with centers that I can accomplish this in many ways.
1. I can be available to all students by monitoring the classroom and checking in on their work.
2. One of the centers is occasionally just for students struggling with the current concept. These are not just students with IEPs, I include other students as well who can use some extra guided practice. We sit at a table together and go through the material together in a variety of ways.
3. It is a great way to differentiate student work. All groups have the same objectives, but can complete them in different ways.
Prepping for centers is a lot of work for the first time through, but I have found it to be very much worth it.
I have gotten great ideas for center work form the Creative Language blog. These gals have great ideas!
Let me know if you have some great ideas for centers in a World Language class.