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Creating Learning Centers in the Classroom

By March 22, 2014

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centersLearning centers are a great way for students to practice new skills, and they give students the opportunity to improve their social skills. This article on how to set up classroom learning centers will help you understand the basics. You will learn what learning centers are, how to prepare and set one up in your classroom, and how to present them to your students.

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March 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm
(1) Leila B says:

I use learning centers in my classroom for Friday review. I have computer
> center (for publishing completed writing), writing center, art center, fluency
> center (for practicing skills deficits), reading center (on the rug in back of the classroom), & game center (where the students usually play math games printed from a fantastic site that I love). It allows me give individual attention to the struggling students. It’s working very nicely for me & for the students.

October 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm
(2) Tom Delia says:

I used learning centers for years in my special needs classroom. I had nine of them. I never had desks in my room. We used tables. Every 20 minutes (because of their attention span) we would rotate to another center, In the morning I would be one-on-one with them for reading and in the afternoon I would be one-on-one with them for math. I had two listening centers with headphones, one had books on tapes based on their reading level and the other had the students listening to their favorite songs with looking at the lyrics as the song played. I had a measuring center filled with rulers, measuring cups, tea spoons of all sizes and worksheets that they had to fill out, a reading center in which they had to read a book silently (at their grade level, worksheet center for reading skills in the morning and math in the afternoon and an art center.

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