I strongly believe that the more small group instruction the better in primary grades. Feedback is a necessity and the best way to provide it immediately and consistently is when you can focus on a few students vs. an entire class. For the last four years, I have taught Intensive Reading. The majority of our days were spent working in different types of small groups. One of those sessions was our Literacy Stations. I love to share ideas with other teachers and thought that Literacy Stations (or centers) was a good place to start. So, for the next several weeks, I will be posting a segment of my first series, Let's Get "Centered". This week, I am posting an overview where I have tried to explain how I set up groups and activities, along with how I start each year. I've read over it and it makes perfect sense to me, but if anyone has any questions, please, please ask. I find this such an effective method of instruction and would love if someone else would benefit from using something similar in their classroom.
I do want to add a disclaimer. I have been to numerous trainings and read lots of books, articles, etc on centers. I have never found one method that works 100% for me, so over the years, I have "borrowed" ideas from lots of different sources and then adjusted them to work for me. So, I am not claiming original authorship of most of the ideas. Some of the activities I have created and some have been inspired by the ideas of others.
This is the first direct download I have done. If you are unable to open the document, please let me know so that I can fix it.