Limited space is not an issue in this classroom, where the teacher provides examples with pictures included, or how to set up your classroom with different learning centers without taking up too much space. There are plenty of wonderful examples for a grammar school classroom to incorporate learning centers without taking away from the space of the children.
Materials, directions, behaviors and expectations, as well as a clearly labeled sign will help the learning centers stay organized and help students to understand exactly what is expected of them at each station. Provide the students with an allotted amount of time to work at the centers, and be sure the directions are clear. Keeping everything organized is key for each center.
In Chapter 5, there are very useful tools to assist teachers in assessing student progress and achievement within each type of learning center. This is sometimes a difficult task for teachers to master. Strategies and techniques discussed in this chapter will show student growth on a wide scale, with many different approaches and ideas.
Very useful tools and strategies can be uncovered throughout the book. But take special notice of pages 49-57, which discuss specific material and equipment that can be found and utilized in your classroom at little to no cost. Creativity goes a long way in gearing the material to work in a big way.
To help students gain more independence and focus on a certain area of study, learning centers come in handy. They can be a huge part of the classroom environment, encouraging students to work independently or within a small group to enhance their knowledge about a particular aspect. Along with basic concepts and the importance of learning centers, examples are provided.