Make it MeaningfulWhat is a literacy center by guym13

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									        Make it Meaningful:
     Connecting Reading Instruction
     with Literacy Center Practice for
                All Children
          Presented by: Susan Nations,
            Sarasota County Schools




      •Centers make me think of ________.
      •I can run _____ different centers in my
      room at one time.
      •The time I spend preparing centers
      ________.
      •What I like about centers is _________.
      •What really drives me crazy about
      centers is ________.




    What is a literacy center?
A literacy center is a place or activity that:
  � Invites students to practice and apply
   strategies that have been taught
   and modeled in shared and guided
   literacy lessons
   � Promotes reading, writing, speaking,
    listening and viewing




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  What is a literacy center?
Allows students to manipulate language in
both oral and written form
� Engages the learner through interaction
 � Exposes students to a variety of text
  � Provides open-ended activities for students
   � Enables the teacher to assess and evaluate
    the students’ use of literacystrategies




        Create a Learning
           Community
 Teachers have considerable power to influence
 their students’ attitudes and behavior, and it’s
 worthwhile for them to exert that power to turn a
 group of strangers into a caring and respectful
 community.
                       JoAnn Yatvin
                A Room with a Differentiated View




      Creating a Learning
         Community
 •Why do I want to implement centers in my
 classroom?
 •Who will be doing the most work?
 •What do I want my kids to do when they are in
 centers and not with me?
 •Where will I put each center?
 •When will center time be implemented in my day?




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           Steps to Success

  •Set up your space
          •Housing suggestions--
           Dedicated desk or table
          Baskets or tubs that move to student workspace
          Hula hoops on the floor
          Folder or envelope to take the centers to a desk
          Small gift bags or lunch boxes
          Project display boards
          Gift bags with themes




       Hold a Class Meeting

      •Set a purpose for the center
      •Identify materials to be used
      •Fill out a Looks Like/Sounds Like Chart
      •Role play procedures and routines
      •Plan storage for completed projects
      •Practice with smaller groups at first




 When Centers Break Down

What is the problem?

Is the problem with the center or an activity within the
center?

Are there too many activities in the center? Or not enough?

What is the real purpose of this center and/or activity?

What are some possible solutions?




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    Strategy Teaching Cycle
                               Observe, assess
                               and evaluate




           Practice and                            Plan strategy
           apply in Literacy                       mini-lesson
           Center




                               Implement
                               strategy lesson




      Transitioning Readers

                                                                    Fluent




Emergent




       Centers Across Levels:
              Classroom Library
                                                 Emergent Readers:
                                            Read to stuffed animals, reread
                                            familiar text, add props for retelling

                                                 Early Readers:
                                            Revisit favorite read-alouds and
                                            Big Books for specific purposes,
                                            Reread favorite authors and titles
                                            to build fluency and comprehension
                                                 Fluent Readers:
                                            Read independent material, create
                                            a recommendation board, book
                                            clubs




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Centers Across Levels:
       Poetry
              Emergent Readers:
           Reread familiar chart poems, songs,
              and nursery rhymes with pointers
              Early Readers:
           Place familiar poems in a journal,
              highlight words they know or find
              interesting

              Fluent Readers:
           Make personal connections, innovate a
              poem, read for performance




  Interacting as a
Learning Community
               Literacy
              development is a
              social process.
              Students must have
              meaningful
              interactions with
              adults and peers in
              the classroom.




 Grouping Students
              Heterogenous
                    • Do I have students in this
                      group that are too much
                      alike?
                    • What is the learning style
                      of each person in this
                      group?
                    • Does one child dominate
                      the group?
                    • How can I work with this
                      group to ensure center
                      success?
                    • Would the change of one
                      or two students make a
                      difference?




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            Grouping Students
If students are
What is
 homogenously grouped,
happening with
 what happens to this
 group when of
this groupyou are
 working with another
fluent readers?
 group?




            Grouping Students




     Set them up for success
                         Keep centers open-
                         ended
                         Send them positive
                         messages through
                         teacher-talk
                         Remember that
                         scaffolding is
                         temporary!




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Content Integration in Centers
                 Seize the
                 opportunity to make
                 connections to
                 science and social
                 studies instruction
                 Have students
                 revisit informational
                 text that connects
                 with core reading




       Keep the Focus
                 Know what you do
                 and why
                 Refocus and adjust
                 when necessary




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