Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Managing Center/Stations in the Classroom

Hi, Melissa here from Melissa's Teacher Mall. It’s about time to change those things in the classroom that just aren’t working. I am always looking for ways to improve and make things easier. I have used this method for 9 years. Give it a try, it just might work for you!

So let’s take a look at centers!

I want everyone to know what to do. Wasting time to rotate through centers is not an option.

I have 10 centers:
Reading Skills – Cause/Effect, Main Idea, Etc.
Word Work
Figurative Language
Greek and Latin
Common Core – things not covered in our Reading Program
Amazing Words - from our Reading Series
Vocabulary - from our Reading Series
Showdown – task cards with long paragraphs for fluency
Games – board games and task cards

The 11th center is Read a Book, it is during this time that I pull groups for small group instruction. Just look at the chart and pull a group that is scheduled for “Read a Book”.

Here's a peek at how the Rotation Chart works.

 2 Center Groups equal one Reading Group. Group A and B is one Reading Group.

* I use the dots on the "Student Groups" to differentiate the recording sheets or center materials.

* I print the center materials or recording sheets on colored paper to help the students find what they should be working on.

* Use a pocket chart and the free center cards from my TpT store and you are ready to go

If you have a short week, you can rotate thru 4 days or 3 days.

Sometimes I pull out Games and Showdown and move Common Core to the Showdown spot.

Sometimes I have the whole class work on book reports during short weeks.

Sometimes we have fun days and do Games and Showdown every day of the short week.

Don't forget to pick up your free Center Rotation Cards HERE

Thanks and Good Luck

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