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Create, model, and practice procedures

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Centers involve a complex choreography of diverse students, areas, and materials. Teachers must create comprehensive procedures, model them for students, and allow adequate time to for students to practice routines so they can be successful when working independently.

Activity:  Teachers select and view videos that discuss methods of launching centers in the classroom.

  • Video 1 Debbie Diller, author of the book Literacy Work Stations, takes you into two primary classrooms to demonstrate how to create a thriving stations program. (5:13)


  •  Video 2 Second and third grade teacher provides key ideas about launching and organizing literacy centers.(3:37)


  • Video 3  See how fifth grade teacher launches center on fluency(6:05)


  •  Video 4 Learn how teacher guides students to work independently in stations  (6:14)

Then teachers collaboratively develop a plan to roll-out an initial center by identifying expectations, modeling, and guided practice with students.

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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education