What are “Learning Centers”?
Learning centers are used within classroom settings to help complement the main curriculum and enhance student learning. Students can rotate through learning centers in groups or individually. Meanwhile, teachers can move through the room and assist individuals, or meet with designated students for one-on-one or small group meetings.
In this way, learning centers can help facilitate differentiated instruction — a “way of teaching that respects the different learning needs of students and expects all students to experience success as learners.”
By affording the opportunity for independent work, learning centers teach students how to take responsibility for their own learning. They can also deepen the learning process and further engage students by introducing hands-on explorations of relevant subjects.
Some learning centers might allow students the opportunity to use technology to enhance instruction, while others use art, music, or movement to provide a different perspective on class material.
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