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Classroom design tips

Classroom design tips
Typically, learning centers are project-based areas to which a student or a few students are directed when they complete assigned work. They are useful for teaching, review, or re-teaching of material. Students read the directions for accomplishing the task and engage in its pursuit. The tasks are structured in a manner in which students can be self-directed and can work with little or no teacher observation or input (Dare I say “interference”?). The projects/tasks are typically interesting reviews or extensions of previously taught material (although some teachers use learning centers for initial instruction). The center might consist of one independent activity, or it might contain several sequential or related activities. Learning centers should be enticing in their appearance, contain clear directions for engaging in the activity, and allow for self checking and self correction of mistakes. You might hear the term “learning station”. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Resources

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