ERIC Number: ED046647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Learning Centers in a Self-Contained Classroom.
As interest in learning centers grows, such questions as "What is a learning center?" and "How does one get started?" are frequently asked. Essentially a learning center consists of designated areas within the classroom where children may go to do a specific activity related to concept development or skill reinforcement. Learning centers are based on four concepts: self-selection, self-motivation, self-pacing, and self-correction. While some children must be directed toward certain needed activities, all students may decide at times when to do required and optional work. Creative and colorful centers and use of manipulative materials greatly aid in motivating the child. With some children working more slowly than others, activities must be left up long enough for everyone to complete all of the required and much of the optional work. Several steps to take in initiating a learning center are as follows: (1) use interest centers after completion of seatwork activities, (2) expand interest centers to include activities to reinforce skills in subject areas, and (3) introduce a sheet of required and optional activities as a guide to the centers each week. Evaluation is made through checking work folders, teacher-pupil conferences, and class discussions. Sample worksheets, activities, and organizational charts are included. (DH)
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Authoring Institution: Anne Arundel County Board of Education, Annapolis, MD.