I do use centers in my classroom. However, I do NOT have
centers during Guided Reading. When I teach Guided
Reading I want my students to be involved in authentic
reading, not an activity manufactured by the teacher to keep
the students busy.
So, when DO I have center time? When students come in
the mornings I have a list of things for students to complete
on the board. Here is an example of what I usually have
on the board for the students
1. Unpack. Turn in homework
2. Sharpen two pencils
3. Write down homework.
4. Make sure you have a DEAR time
5. Choose a center.
I explained to students in the beginning of the year that I do
NOT settle arguments about who got what center and when.
It was first come first serve. To my amazement, I have
yet to have a problem with students arguing over centers!
Centers are all kinds of activities that I have created and I
have found in teacher resource books. I have also tried
to include pictures of the centers I use in my classroom.
Now I have students REQUESTING center time and all the
activities are educational. I could not ask for more!
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