I like observing Literacy Centres and seeing how young kids go to their stations automatically. They know what to do by looking at the chart. Of course, the teacher has to spend at least a week of teaching them about her expectations and what they are required to do at the various stations. This is my short video on my observation.
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There are obviously theories surrounding the use of literacy centres and the key benefits include:
- Students learn the value of independent and collaborative study while engaging in active, task-based learning and self-discovery
- Students learn to take responsibility in and choose their own learning activities
- Teachers have more time to focus on the individual needs of students at various literacy levels and structure class time more efficiently
- The inherit flexibility of literacy centers motivate kids to learn at their own level and to have some choice in their activities. This lets advanced students move forward without having to spend so much time on activities below their reading and writing level without leaving behind those students who still need to focus on basics such as ABC centers, word study, etc.
- For teachers, literacy centers promote an effective classroom structure and allow time to focus on small group instruction and assess individual students while the entire class remains engaged in meaningful, purposeful, self-directed literacy activities.
- Students can consolidate their learnings by applying their knowledge in the given tasks and the activities provide informal assessment for the teacher.