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ERIC Number: ED356875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-31
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Inside Learning Centers.
Cosgrove, Maryellen S.
Learning centers are areas in a classroom, such as a corner in the room, that define a specific focus or afford a unique learning opportunity. Learning takes place when students reinforce skills by using the skills in interesting, meaningful, relevant, and social contexts. Learning centers can aid this reinforcement by giving students opportunities to participate in thought-provoking activities and by stimulating curiosity within a cooperative setting. Learning centers serve both a curriculum-centered and a child-centered approach to learning. Learning center activities can be organized by skills, novel interests, or integrated themes. Thematic centers are usually the most popular for teachers and students alike. Many center activities are game-like in nature, focusing on luck rather than ability. All center activities should include an objective, a set of directions, and a means of evaluation. Space availability, time constraints, and student movement all will affect the organization of learning centers. Learning centers offer another way to incorporate portfolio assessment into the classroom. The teacher must also carefully evaluate the effectiveness of the individual learning centers. Thus, with organization and creativity, learning centers can be a valuable addition to classrooms. (HB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A