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From: Renee Wilson (
Date: Thu Jan 22 2004 - 11:12:49 EST

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    WOW! Thirty-five students is a lot!! I only have 19 students. I teach a
    first and second multi-grade classroom. I'm very fortunate because my
    students loop with me. So when they come to me as first graders, they stay
    with me for second grade too. The students do not have a particular number
    of have tos to complete each day. It is on a weekly basis. They need to do
    three journals, three DEAR (independent reading), one browsing box and
    usually one retelling. Sometimes I also make Science/Social Studies a have
    to. On their center chart I put a star in the box for that center and they
    know that they need to do that center however many circles are in the box.
    For those students that aren't as independent about completing their have to
    centers, you could write a day of the week by their circles so they have a
    guideline of when to complete their have to centers. I'm sure this sounds
    very confusing, but I would be happy to send you a copy of my center chart.
    I'm going to see if I can scan it and attach it to an email with some
    pictures (at a later date). If this doesn't work, I can mail you a copy.
    I'd just need to get your address.

    It sounds like your off to a good start!! It does take a great deal of time
    modeling. I actually spend about the first month-six weeks of the school
    year modeling center expectations. Once I have enough centers modeled and
    practiced so that all students would have an open center to go to, I begin
    running "true" center times and each week add two more centers (modeling
    first) to the mix until they are all open. If ever students aren't handling
    a particular center well, I stop everything and have students re-model what
    the center should look like. If it continues, I simply close the center by
    putting an X over that box on the center chart until they feel they are
    ready to give it another try. :)

    The modeling of centers involves not just what to do at the center, but also
    how we move, talk (noise level), get out and put materials away. Ample time
    is given for teacher modeling and a small group of students modeling while
    the rest of the class observes. While observing, I ask students to share
    out loud what they notice about the students working at that center. They
    share all the things they see happening. Of course this group of students
    is doing everything 100% correct because they know all eyes are on them and
    that they are the teachers at that point in time.

    My philosophy has always been to empower children and these centers do. If
    they get to choose what to do and when to do it, there are less disruptions
    and fewer discipline problems. It frees me up to do guided reading and
    individual conferencing.

    It's a lot of work in the beginning, but it's so worth it in the long run.


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      Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 9:19 PM
      Subject: Re: [Channel-talkreadingk2] learning centers

      I just started literacy centers this week and have found them to be very
    positive. I have a wild bunch of 35 second graders. At this time I am
    rotating them. I explained this is just a stepping stone to self selection.
    I love the idea about have to's and then so much choice. How many have to's
    do you do at each center time? What grade do you teach? How many children do
    you have?
      Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

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