Centers for interacting and learning

July 02, 2018

 Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.  – Benjamin Franklin

We agree with Ben Franklin’s wisdom!

That’s why the lessons and activities at Crossroads are highly interactive and individualized for the students here. Plus, there’s plenty of educational research to support this! While there are several ways to involve children in their learning, teachers here frequently use learning centers as a great way to provide interactive and hands-on learning opportunities to their students.  

Here’s how it works. Two or three centers are set up in the classroom, with different activities at each, and children rotate through them. The activities are supervised, however one of the main aims of center work is for students to grow in their ability to engage independently and to learn from each other as they participate in the center’s activity. The rotation and child-direction of centers makes this type of learning different from whole class or small instruction.

At Crossroads all of the learning opportunities are guided by applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Providing activities in centers gives teachers a chance to individualize instruction based upon different learning needs and interests, provide guidance as needed, collect necessary data on goals, and give reinforcement to children for their growing skills.

 The more children get used to centers, the better they become at transitioning, following directions for the various activities, and carrying out the routines in a self-directed fashion. There are many social skills that have an arena for growth in centers, too, such as modeling of appropriate use of tools and toys, sharing, turn-taking, requesting items, and having fun with peers.

The photos displayed are from recent centers from rooms 3 and 7.  Look closely and see if you can spot any of the benefits described in the making!


Read more about instructional approaches at Crossroads!

Classroom Centers That Work

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