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#TeachChat – Setting Up Centers, Part 2

This is Part 2 of the transcript from #TeachChat on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.  The topic of discussion was setting up centers.  Read Part 1 here.  Remember, scroll down to the bottom of the page and read UP!

 

ReallyGoodStuff You’re welcome! Thank YOU for joining us!! =) RT @DJHubbell: @ReallyGoodStuff Thanks Brandi! #TeachChat -10:03 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

DJHubbell @ReallyGoodStuff Thanks Brandi! #teachchat -10:02 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey @ReallyGoodStuff Oh wow didn’t know I won till now! Thanks! #teachchat -10:02 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Thanks everyone! It’s been, as always, a pleasure spending time with you! See you next week if not before! =) ~Brandi #TeachChat -10:02 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff If you won tonight, I’ll be contacting you for mailing info or you can email me at TeachersLounge (at) ReallyGoodStuff (dot) com #TeachChat -10:01 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

msreagan Goodnight everyone! #teachchat -10:01 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal @brittanyandyTW @ktyndal I will! I’ve needed this! :) #teachchat -10:01 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey @MrsMorgansClass Chocolate and wine! #teachchat -10:01 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal @MrsRoberts09 @ktyndal Thanks! #teachchat -10:01 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Thanks so much for joining us tonight! If you missed any of tonight’s chat, the transcript will be posted on Friday #TeachChat -10:01 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW @ktyndal Have fun!! #teachchat -10:00 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

DJHubbell This was a great hour! #teachchat -10:00 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @ktyndal Have fun! #TeachChat -10:00 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

pitagirl2 Love itRT @ReallyGoodStuff: Super! Our next chat … stress relief 4 teachers! #teachchat -10:00 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 Have a great night and I look forward to next weeks chat! #teachchat -10:00 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal @ReallyGoodStuff Too bad I’ll be missing it because I’ll be putting my “destressing” plan in action; vacation!!! #teachchat -10:00 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

timone618 Thanks, everyone! #TeachChat -10:00 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

smonkey22 This was my first teachchat as well. Definitely looking forward to next week. #teachchat -10:00 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 You said it! RT @msreagan: Yeah for a #teachchat next week!! #TeachChat -10:00 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW ohhhh stress relief is also key for this job! #teachchat -10:00 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass Yeah! Our next chat is actually going to be NEXT WEEK! Wed., August 17th and well be talking about stress relief 4 teachers! #teachchat -9:59 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @reallygoodstuff Perfect topic! :) #teachchat -9:59 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

DJHubbell I will need some ideas for that! lol #teachchat -9:59 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

msreagan Yeah for a #teachchat next week!! -9:59 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 RT @DJHubbell: Sharing is the key for this job! ABSOLUTELY! #teachchat -9:59 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 MINE TOO.. and I loved it! RT @allytymommy: This is my first teachchat too! So cool! #TeachChat -9:59 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Super! Our next chat is actually going to be NEXT WEEK! Wed., August 17th and we’ll be talking about stress relief 4 teachers! #TeachChat -9:59 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy This is my first teachchat too! So cool! #teachchat -9:59 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 Yes, I encourage people to add me so we can keep in touch! #TeachChat -9:58 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal Ditto; BINGO is the worst! RT @AHenrey: I hate games with little pieces. Especially when one is lost and it makes the game useles #teachchat -9:58 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

DJHubbell Sharing is the key for this job! #teachchat -9:58 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

auntteacherkat thanks everyone! Happy new year! #teachchat -9:58 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass Enjoyed it! #TeachChat is one of my favorites! #teachchat -9:58 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

pitagirl2 @Ms_T_Rio my list is crazee..LOL #teachchat -9:58 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal I’ll be going back and adding some new people to my Twitter list :) Hope we can continue to share! #teachchat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 This was fun and lots of great ideas! #teachchat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey I hate games with little pieces. Especially when one is lost and it makes the game useless #petpeeve #teachchat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @alimarie502: This was a great first chat for me!! I would definitely come back for others! #TeachChat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

lisalantz Excited! #TeachChat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @Jessie1881: have all the teachers return games bought with the school money to one teacher closet,makes great library #TeachChat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MamaDee810 this was so inspiring thanks RGS, rightfully named #TeachChat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

msreagan Lots of great ideas. Thanks everyone. #teachchat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

mhaley11 Yes! Thanks for the great ideas everyone #teachchat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Ms_T_Rio My to-do list is becoming gigantic! #teachchat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW This was so much fun and inspiring – thanks everyone! #teachchat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

alimarie502 This was a great first chat for me!! I would definitely come back for others! #TeachChat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @reallygoodstuff Thanks for all the great advice! #teachchat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @ReallyGoodStuff… yes, this has been great! #TeachChat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal @msreagan @MrsRoberts09 thanks!!! #teachchat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Jessie1881 @ReallyGoodStuff have all the teachers return games bought with the school money to one teacher closet, makes a great library #teachchat -9:57 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW congrats!! good advice! @ktyndal #teachchat -9:56 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

pitagirl2 Congrats to all the winners :) SO AWESOME!!! #teachchat -9:56 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass Plastic baggies are ok, but too loosey goosey – prefer bins. #teachchat -9:56 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Excellent advice tonight, everyone!! Have you all gotten some new ideas? Feeling a bit more excited about centers?? #TeachChat -9:56 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

msreagan @ktyndal Congratulations!! #teachchat -9:56 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @ktyndal CONGRATS! #TeachChat -9:56 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal Sweet!!!RT @ReallyGoodStuff: You win!RT @ktyndal use ziplocs &/or color coded stickers,folders;I usually organize by week or #teachchat -9:56 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @mamadee810 love labels! #teachchat -9:56 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 I use ziploc bags that are labeled. they are see though and flexible and easily stacked #teachchat -9:56 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

DJHubbell File folders labeled by topic in my file cabinet – ziploc bags for any small pieces. #teachchat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

mhaley11 Labeling #teachChat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @reallygoodstuff I also love color coded bins! #teachchat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

alimarie502 @MrsRoberts09 @AHenrey I agree!! #TeachChat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff You win!RT @ktyndal use ziplocs &/or color coded stickers,folders;I usually organize by week or story so I match them up that way #TeachChat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MamaDee810 label everything for future use. #TeachChat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

xxnatachadxx @ReallyGoodStuff storage bins from the dollar tree are amazingll #TeachChat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal Great idea! RT @AHenrey: Take a picture of the center and use it as a label. Easy finding when you have stacks of bins! #teachchat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Jessie1881 @lisalantz some schools set up awesome teacher closets as a teacher library. it saves money and time. #teachchat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

lisalantz Storage file bins #TeachChat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

76_sharon Ziploc bags and a chart stand #TeachChat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 LOVE THIS! RT @AHenrey: Take a picture of the center and use it as a label. Easy finding when you have stacks of bins! #TeachChat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Ms_T_Rio I’m a label monster. #teachchat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Jennilbp I have clear bins with different colored lids to go with the subject. #teachchat -9:55 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

pitagirl2 I store my centers in ziploc baggies by skill. I also store some of my center together with my reading story of the week. #teachchat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @reallygoodstuff Plastic tubs with lids #teachchat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

sarahcarper really good stuff storage containers! :) #teachchat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

auntteacherkat i use 2 drawer filing cabinet to store old centers in drop down folders. Place descriptions & photo on outside of folder #teachchat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal use ziplocs and/or color coded stickers or folders; I usually organize by week or story so I would match them up that way. #teachchat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey Take a picture of the center and use it as a label. Easy finding when you have stacks of bins! #teachchat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 Tell me about it!!! RT @76_sharon: @MrsRoberts09 UGH! #TeachChat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

msreagan I color code by goal in math so I know what skills match together. #teachchat I store them in plastic envelopes and then in plastic boxes. -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass I prefer see-through plastic boxes with lids that can be labeled and stacked. #teachchat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Bonus Question #6!!! What’s your favorite storage trick? Answer #3 wins! #TeachChat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @allytymommy YUCK!! #TeachChat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MamaDee810 I make a list of materials needed for the center and stick it in a big plastic storage bag with the materials . #TeachChat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW @timone618 Ziplocks = great idea! #teachchat -9:54 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 @Jessie1881 @ReallyGoodStuff I use large ziploc bags to store and plastic bins with covers. #teachchat -9:53 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy And I learned this week, mice! RT @MrsRoberts09: Avoid cardboard boxes for storage… ! #teachchat -9:53 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

lisalantz I would like to share centers with other teachers. That would save prep time and provide collaboration. #TeachChat -9:53 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 Ziplocs are a great ally for storage! #TeachChat -9:53 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

76_sharon @MrsRoberts09 UGH! #TeachChat -9:53 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

alimarie502 I use a lot of ziploc bags :) and then they get filed by theme #TeachChat -9:53 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW @mrsroberts09 Eww!! #teachchat -9:53 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

timone618 @brittanyandyTW ziplocks and a file cabinet! #TeachChat -9:53 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal ask your principal for a “field trip” to other sites to see how they do it! SHARING is CARING :) #teachchat -9:52 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff When you dismantle a center, be sure to keep all of the pieces together #TeachChat -9:52 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Jessie1881 @ReallyGoodStuff I love using practice bins for storage… no more cardboard boxes that don’t last. #teachchat -9:52 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 Avoid cardboard boxes for storage… at my school, they attract cockroaches like crazy! EEK! #TeachChat -9:52 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Ms_T_Rio This is where I need the most advice!! RT @ReallyGoodStuff: And our final letter is “S” for Save and Store! #teachchat -9:52 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW I need ideas to STORE! #teachchat -9:52 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

auntteacherkat have a lot to think about as i get in a little early to work on class library tomorrow #teachchat -9:52 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

coatsea RT @MamaDee810: Have the kids provide feedback on that bad center. there’s probably one or 2 components that didn’t make it accessible. #TeachChat -9:52 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MamaDee810 @lislantz I run into the same problem. It’s so worth it to slow down and explain. #TeachChat -9:52 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy Definitely! RT @76_sharon: We need more time in a day/week to go around to other rooms to see what great things are happening. #teachchat -9:52 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass Don’t let centers get “stale” – change them up. #teachchat -9:52 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

smonkey22 very helpful…lots of things to look at when we’re done…thanks! #teachchat -9:51 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 @AHenrey Love that idea #teachchat -9:51 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff And our final letter is “S” for Save and Store! #TeachChat -9:51 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Ms_T_Rio Our K team talked about rotating our centers this year between classes so we’re saving on time #teachchat -9:51 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

76_sharon We need more time in a day/week to go around to other rooms to see what great things are happening. #TeachChat -9:51 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW @ahenrey good idea to share centers! #teachchat -9:51 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

sarahcarper @ReallyGoodStuff it’s the best way to spend my wednesday afternoon :) #teachchat -9:51 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

lisalantz Usually didn’t spend enough time explaining beforehand #TeachChat -9:51 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 YES!! RT @ReallyGoodStuff: We have the best teachers on this chat, dont we?! Such great ideas! RT @allytymommy: Such good advice! #TeachChat -9:50 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey Don’t be afraid to open a dorr and share centers with a neighbor. One can be Enrichment while the other a reteach. #teachchat -9:50 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff We have the best teachers on this chat, don’t we?! Such great ideas! RT @allytymommy: Such good advice! #TeachChat -9:50 PM Aug 10th, 2011

allytymommy @ktyndal so true! #teachchat -9:50 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey Don’t be afraid to open a door and share centers with a neighbor. One room can be “loud” while the other quiet. #teachchat -9:50 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MamaDee810 Have the kids provide feedback on that bad center. there’s probably one or 2 components that didn’t make it accessible. #TeachChat -9:50 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal if your students don’t know the purpose of a center, it might not be a great one. #teachchat -9:49 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @Jessie1881 or try adding a new theme. Like switching out books by themes like dinosaurs or art #TeachChat -9:49 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy Such good advice! #teachchat -9:49 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @AHenrey: If you are going to fail, fail quickly so you can fix it! #TeachChat -9:49 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @sarahcarper CONGRATS! #TeachChat -9:49 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @coatsea: @ReallyGoodStuff scrap a bad center#TeachChat #TeachChat -9:49 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Jessie1881 @Jessie1881 @ReallyGoodStuff or try adding a new theme. Like switching out books by themes like dinosaurs or art #teachchat -9:49 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

msreagan @sarahcarper Congratulations! #teachchat -9:49 PM Aug 10th, 2011

brittanyandyTW awesome advice! #teachchat -9:49 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Very true!! RT @AHenrey: Dont be afraid to stop centers immediately and reteach or change. Better for you in the long run. #TeachChat -9:48 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 @Ms R Rio I do that as well. 2 eyes better than one! #teachchat -9:48 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

sarahcarper @ReallyGoodStuff yay! thanks! :) #teachchat -9:48 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey If you are going to fail, fail quickly so you can fix it! #teachchat -9:48 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass The first few weeks I go around and monitor centers. When I feel they can be indep. I start “meet with teacher” #teachchat -9:48 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff You win! =) RT @sarahcarper evaluate the center,research a new idea&try to implement a new “spin” on the center that didnt work #TeachChat -9:48 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

DJHubbell I may need to reteach a center to make it work. #teachchat -9:48 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

coatsea @ReallyGoodStuff scrap a bad center #TeachChat -9:48 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey Don’t be afraid to stop centers immediately and reteach or change. Better for you in the long run. #teachchat -9:48 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 If your school doesn’t use myON.. it’s a great program to try to get funded! #TeachChat -9:48 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Ms_T_Rio Conferring with my para daily will be my indicator #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

xxnatachadxx @ReallyGoodStuff our team creates fun interactive games for the kids #TeachChat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

auntteacherkat i look at the student work (if it’s a center that requires a product) and kids also can put ideas in “class council” b #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Jessie1881 @ReallyGoodStuff stop and reteach the center use during large group time. model it again. #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW I love computer resources such as First in Math and Riverdeep that give concrete data about what/how the students were doing #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal evaluate; always have a backup plan; regroup as needed and/or reteach what the center should look like.Try again! Nothing’s perfe #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

alimarie502 @Ms_T_Rio not always some centers are just for practice. If I want to see a product it is usually some type of WS they complete #TeachChat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MamaDee810 Sometimes I randomly visit a center if my students are responding to a guided reading lesson. They’ll be on their Ps and Qs. #TeachChat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

76_sharon Look at what is happening….do children not understand? Get students to talk with you, observe, revamp if needed #TeachChat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

sarahcarper evaluate the center, research a new center idea and try to implement a new “spin” on the center that didn’t work perviously! #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @ReallyGoodStuff… find out WHY it isn’t working and revise! Ask for student feedback as well as observation feedback from you! #TeachChat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

DJHubbell Toss it out, and reflect on what the problem was. (or rework it) #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 Centers is also a great way to check for mastery of a skill and reteach skills they are not getting. #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

pitagirl2 If it’s really bad I change the center ASAP no need to waste anyones time:) #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

coatsea @ReallyGoodStuff Computer center has sites that email the results of the activity to the teacher #TeachChat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

KTcupcake11 I have a “review” folder, they can go to is they are confused so learning time is not wasted! #TeachChat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey Not everything every student does has to be evaluated…if it is a good experience that is enough sometimes. #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @reallygoodstuff I rework the center #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Ms_T_Rio Always gotta be on your feet as a teacher! #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass Reevaluate, and ask students for input for making it better #teachchat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

xxnatachadxx @ReallyGoodStuff always have a back up plan #TeachChat -9:47 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal use student performance as feedback & ask the students for their feedback; what did they learn? what did they see as the purpose? #teachchat -9:46 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @MamaDee810: If your center is boring, trust me, kids will groan. If they like it, clean up takes a long time. #TeachChat -9:46 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey @brittanyandyTW Eyeball evaluating with a clipboard at the end of each rotation is good enough. #teachchat -9:46 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Question #5: When a center is not working as you had planned, what do you do? Answer #10 wins! #TeachChat -9:46 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Ms_T_Rio Does everyone require students to produce a product to show they mastered the objective? What do you have the students do? #teachchat -9:46 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @reallygoodstuff We reflect after centers on what they just did and what they learned. It tells me if the cetner is working #teachchat -9:46 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass @ReallyGoodStuff Absolutely! If the student isn’t learning from the center it’s not a good center. #teachchat -9:45 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MamaDee810 If your center is boring, trust me, kids will groan. If they like it, clean up takes a long time. #TeachChat -9:45 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey Leave time for longer transitions. add 5 min to each rotation especially if messy. #teachchat -9:45 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

xxnatachadxx @ReallyGoodStuff our team primarily follows a rubric for performance based assessments #TeachChat -9:45 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW evaluating is difficult when you cannot be watching them at all times, but don’t want to check each paper #teachchat -9:45 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @brittanyandyTW Awesome, thanks! Want to get as much info as I can…don’t want it to be the blind leading the blind so to say! #TeachChat -9:45 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey Rotations depend on kids…one 30 min center a day. Rotate each day. Or a full hour rotate every 15-20 min. #teachchat -9:45 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Is the center effective? Is it too hard? Too Easy? Too distracting where it’s located? Too crowded? #TeachChat -9:45 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MamaDee810 Evaluate through the skills reinforced. Oh yes, and the computer all day- my favorite. #TeachChat -9:45 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Not only do you need to plan for evaluating student work, but you also need to evaluate your center. #TeachChat -9:44 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 I have my centers last 30 minutes, but you have to be flexible due to changes in schedule #teachchat -9:44 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass @MamaDee810 Or at the computer? #teachchat -9:44 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW @mrsroberts09 just google it. There are step-by-step plans that helped me understand how it should run. #teachchat -9:44 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Ms_T_Rio For our kiddos the work they need may look quite different from their peers, we base it off of their IEP goals and objectives #teachchat -9:44 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

76_sharon @mhaley11 depends upon age of student, skills they are working on #TeachChat -9:44 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey Velcro and popsicle sticks help keep kids from crowding a center. If it has room for 4 then leave 4 velcros for their popsicle st #teachchat -9:44 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

alimarie502 In kindergarten we did ELA centers for 45 each day and math centers 30 mine 2 times a week #TeachChat -9:44 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Time to add an “E” to PuPPIES! Purpose, Plan, Prepare, Introduce and EVALUATE! #TeachChat -9:44 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal @mhaley11 15-20 min. Too long leads to restless learners ;) #teachchat -9:44 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MamaDee810 Otherwise, who doesn’t want to be at “sand center” all day? #TeachChat -9:44 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @brittanyandyTW I am going to try as well! I haven’t seen that but I will check it out!! #TeachChat -9:43 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

mhaley11 How long do you have your students do centers? #TeachChat -9:43 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MamaDee810 i say assign kindergartners at first, then let them chose as they become knowledgeable to make good choices for centers. #TeachChat -9:43 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @Ms_T_Rio: The worksystems suggest routine w/sequence.Students have an assigned spot.Start on the left&place 2 right when done #TeachChat -9:43 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW @mrsroberts09 I am going to try to stick to the layout! have your read Daily 5 for Dummies – I found it online – awesome! #teachchat -9:43 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey @Jessie1881 I’d assign. Too much choice at that age might be frustrating. #teachchat -9:43 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal even then, expectations might B diff. RT @DJHubbell: I think the time frame also depends on if their previous teacher did center #teachchat -9:42 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 Me 3! @MrsMorgansClass: RT Me too! @brittanyandyTW: After reading Daily 5 I am going to do things differently – hopefully better! #TeachChat -9:42 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 I always stop centers short the first month or so to make sure clean up is being done correctly. #teachchat -9:42 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @ktyndal just like w/any expectation continually remind& reinforce expectations throughout the year.Dont assume they know! #TeachChat -9:42 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @Jessie1881 If you do free choice, just make sure you track who goes to what each day to make sure they go to ALL centers! #TeachChat -9:42 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass RT Me too! @brittanyandyTW: After reading Daily 5 I am going to do things differently – hopefully better! #teachchat -9:42 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

DJHubbell I think the time frame also depends on if their previous teacher did centers as well. #teachchat -9:42 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @alimarie502: At least 1-2 months to really have it, so that I am not being interrupted during my groups #TeachChat -9:42 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @brittanyandyTW Are you going to do the 5 week layout in the back of the Daily 5 book? or are you changing it? #TeachChat -9:41 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Ms_T_Rio The worksystems suggest routine with sequence. Students have an assigned spot. Start on the left, and place to right when done #teachchat -9:41 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Jessie1881 in kindergareten should I assign centers or let them have free choice? #teachchat -9:41 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Putting away seems to take longer to learn! RT @AHenrey AGREE! RT @allytymommy: @AnitaS1214 So true about modeling putting away! #TeachChat -9:41 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 It varies year to year how long it takes students to get it. Mostly they do with a few days at the center…sometimes it’s weeks #teachchat -9:41 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW last year my kiddos took a while…4-5ish weeks. after reading Daily 5 I am going to do things differently – hopefully better! #teachchat -9:41 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

alimarie502 At least 1-2 months to really have it, so that I am not being interrupted during my groups #TeachChat -9:41 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 Just curious.. anyone else switching to the iObservation by Marzano this year? #TeachChat -9:41 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal just like w/ any expectations u need 2 continually remind and reinforce expectations throughout the year. Don’t assume they know! #teachchat -9:40 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Jennilbp I am so glad I decided to get a twitter!! learning soo much!!! :) #teachchat -9:40 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey AGREE! RT @allytymommy: @AnitaS1214 So true about modeling putting away! #teachchat -9:40 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

auntteacherkat @MrsMorgansClass i have them create activities for literature that we have done too, esp for humanities #teachchat -9:40 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @coatsea: @ReallyGoodStuff #TeachChat Students catch on at different rates and help one another. #TeachChat -9:40 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @AnitaS1214 So true about modeling putting away! #teachchat -9:40 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 get just as much attention doing something the RIGHT way! Also proves the child knows what to do! #TeachChat -9:40 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

coatsea @ReallyGoodStuff #TeachChat Students catch on at different rates and help one another. -9:40 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey I like my centers to be Heterogenous. If I need a homogenous group for reading groups I call them out of their group. #teachchat -9:40 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

KTcupcake11 @brittanyandyTW Early finishers are something I’d like to work on adding this year. #TeachChat -9:39 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 Have a student who has not so great behavior to model the incorrect way, THEN have them model the correct way, show them they… #TeachChat -9:39 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Jessie1881 5 times? #teachchat -9:39 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 Also model and practice setting up and putting away a center. VERY important. #teachchat -9:39 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @reallygoodstuff Usually a couple of weeks in Kindergarten #teachchat -9:39 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal @ReallyGoodStuff completely depends on the group of students! #teachchat -9:39 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass Give higher students manipulatives and have them create a math center game or activity #teachchat -9:39 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

coatsea @ReallyGoodStuff Cybraryman1 has a wonderful page on centers filled with zillions of links. #TeachChat -9:39 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @DJHubbell: Students love to model the “wrong way” to do something! #TeachChat -9:39 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff How long does it normally take for your students to “get it” when it comes to center protocol? #TeachChat -9:39 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal you can even “plant” a model student in each group to help guide the rest of them as needed. #teachchat -9:39 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

msreagan @ktyndal That’s an even better idea. Thanks so much!! #teachchat -9:38 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW @KTcupcake11 I do on my computer at school – I make a bulleted list of tasks to be completed and include and early finisher task #teachchat -9:38 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @AHenrey Reflection is so important! :) Helps them take it all in! #teachchat -9:38 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

DJHubbell Students love to model the “wrong way” to do something! #teachchat -9:38 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal @msreagan @ktyndal I color copied diff ones (easy subtraction on lt green; hard on dark green) so students don’t get confused. #teachchat -9:38 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 model and practice is crucial before you introduce another center. #teachchat -9:37 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 :) RT @allytymommy: @MrsRoberts09 Modeling is definitely Key! #TeachChat -9:37 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass RT Good advice! @AHenrey: give them WTDWF assignments that arent fun so they wont rush the center. #teachchat -9:37 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @MrsMorgansClass RT @MrsRoberts09 then have student model the correct way & another the incorrect way over and over and over! #TeachChat -9:37 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey At the end of centers have them reflect and talk about what they did. #teachchat -9:37 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey give them WTDWF assignments that aren’t fun so they won’t rush the center. #teachchat -9:37 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @coatsea: Model, model and model the new center. #TeachChat -9:37 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal @brittanyandyTW Love task cards/checklists. Funny how you still have to reinforce how to prioritize activities. #teachchat -9:37 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

KTcupcake11 @brittanyandyTW Do you have any examples or links? #TeachChat -9:37 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass RT @MrsRoberts09: .. then have student model the correct way… and another the incorrect way… over and over and over! #teachchat -9:37 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

msreagan @ktyndal Thanks for that idea. Definitely going to do that. #teachchat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

coatsea @deeniceboo Love the idea of a flip video to explain how to use centers. #teachchat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 RT @coatsea YES YES YES! #TeachChat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @MrsRoberts09 Modeling is definitely Key! #teachchat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey let the captains wear a special pin or hat. Train them B4 centers #teachchat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff You win! RT @AHenrey Introduce 1 new center a day the first week so you can ensure they do it right. #TeachChat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Ms_T_Rio I don’t know. I’m thinking on an indiv. Basis #TeachChat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @2ndchancemoon Sounds great!! Can’t wait to check it out! #TeachChat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

brittanyandyTW I have Task Cards that list what can be done at each center – I review the ccard and place it at the center.. #teachchat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

coatsea Model, model and model the new center. #TeachChat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal @msreagan @ktyndal you can do that too! I also photocopied the worksheets and laminated them so they can be used for years! #teachchat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

debrud @ReallyGoodStuff lots of modeling and practice! I give prizes to the BEST center students. #TeachChat -9:36 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

auntteacherkat i like “captains”….teach a small group how to do it and they teach out to other students…. they become the teachers #teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

MrsRoberts09 I introduce by modeling… then have student model the correct way… and another the incorrect way… over and over and over! #TeachChat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

alimarie502 At the beginning of each week we would go over any new centers and review repeaters #TeachChat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

KTcupcake11 like to introduce my centers during guided reading as a small group activity. Make sure kids practice the rules and procedures! #TeachChat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

76_sharon It depends upon the center – sometimes in whole group work, other times in small guided groups, especially when differentiating #TeachChat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MamaDee810 * i meant centers are mixed so i can pull out for guided reading without disturbing the rest of the group. #TeachChat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

Jessie1881 should I introduce them as apart as large group time to begin with? #teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

jessica4june I model one new center each week until they know a few to work independently #Teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass As a whole group. then they do it with a partner or indep. at centere #teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

DJHubbell I begin right away at the beginning of the year, but only one per week to make sure I maintain my management! #teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AnitaS1214 I introduce one center a week and have students practice it #teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

AHenrey Introduce one new center a day the first week so you can ensure they do it right. Don’t plan a teacher group the 1st week. #teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

sarahcarper show how to use it. model. have students try. talk about it. #teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

deeniceboo I used my Flip and recorded some centers from last year to use the first week of school #TeachChat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

allytymommy @ReallyGoodStuff I start right away with introducting whole Group and then ease into independent #teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff RT @MrsMorgansClass: I try not to have students generate a lot of useless paper that I feel obligated to grade. #TeachChat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal set up expectations; practice; and perform! invite parent volunteers to help out when you are doing centers. #teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

KTcupcake11 I like to introduce my centers during guided reading as a small group activity. Make sure kids practice the rules and procedures! #TeachChat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

msreagan @ktyndal I also heard you can get wall tiles from Lowes and pull them apart for durable tiles. #teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @Jessie1881 I say start them in K and start teaching them centers from day one… expectations, rules, etc. #TeachChat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsMorgansClass I try not to have students generate a lot of useless paper that I feel obligated to grade. #teachchat -9:35 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

2ndchancemoon @MrsRoberts09 Its sort of like a virtual Dream Board. U can make categories & pin/place pics of things u love there! #teachchat -9:34 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff Q4: How do YOU introduce centers to your students? Answer #7 wins! #TeachChat -9:34 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

alimarie502 @MrsRoberts09 YES!!! model model model #TeachChat -9:34 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 @sarahcarper Very welcome! #TeachChat -9:34 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ktyndal @msreagan @ktyndal Definitely! If u can’t afford the tiles from her, you can use cardstock and laminate or some use actual tiles! #teachchat -9:34 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

auntteacherkat guided reading is different in current school which uses SFA, so entire school goes out by level, i don’t have my homeroom kids. #teachchat -9:34 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

MrsRoberts09 Introduce the first week of school and beyond! Model as much as you can… have students role play the correct AND incorrect way! #TeachChat -9:34 PM Aug 10th, 2011

 

ReallyGoodStuff It’s critical that you explain how the center works, give clear directions & expectations, and model it #TeachChat -9:34 PM Aug 10th, 2011


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