So what am I doing to fix this problem? First, I am doing lots of reading up on centers and how others use them. I am already adjusting how I will teach the use of centers next year. I LOVED the first chapter of the book The Next Step to Guided Reading which goes over setting up a solid system where students are working independently. Side Note: I am loving this book and the on-line book study being hosted by Freebielicious! If you are interested in joining in you can get the get the book, the best price I found was through Amazon. It is available in paperback (first link below) and for the Kindle (second link below)!
I am also looking forward to learning from others at the I Teach K Conference in July. Some of my break-out sessions are on this exact topic! I can’t wait for Hillary Lewis’ session called “Let Go & Let Learn: Encouraging Independence in Learning Centers.” Another Side Note: Be watching for my Lessons from Las Vegas starting July 15 as I share what I am learning from the conference.
Next, I am on a search for ways to organize and store my centers. I’ve been on Pinterest, blogs and google. I check at just about every store I walk into for something that would work. Although I haven’t committed to anything yet, here’s a few things I have found and am considering.
|This was my first thought for storage that is usable in the room too!|
|I think the crate would be a great place to store centers.
And what great seats for my teaching table, a center or computers.
Then I ran across one of these in Ross and Big Lots and it got me thinking. Is there an option available that would work for the same or less money than making them?
|Foldable Storage Ottoman I have seen them for $10 – 15 each.|
Still up in the air and looking at these and other options. How do you organize and store the centers you are not using in your classroom? Anyone else have a love – hate relationship with centers? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment.