Thursday, February 16, 2017

Raising the Expectations - Half-Way Through

We need to Raise the Expectations for Independent Centers now that the year is half through. We take "process" centers and raise the expectations on the process.It's time to up the game. BUT, that doesn't mean changing the game.  You know I'm a "process center" girl. I believe in centers where we can teach a process and then change the product. That's exactly what we do half-way through the year. We don't throw out the baby with the bathwater, but we do have to raise the expectations.

Read it, Write it

We need to Raise the Expectations for Independent Centers now that the year is half through. We take "process" centers and raise the expectations on the process.
This is certainly a great process center, especially at the beginning of the year. It helps with reading, writing, and ordering the words. It is also great for making connections with illustrations and meaning. However, this is way too easy now...and it will take them two minutes to do it. How can we up it? Require more than one sentence. Require they write a new sentence. Require the illustrations be more detailed. There are lots of ways to up the game. I love this illustration. The cookie is on the fox's back and we know that won't end well.

Labeling

We need to Raise the Expectations for Independent Centers now that the year is half through. We take "process" centers and raise the expectations on the process.
This is another process center where the expectations can be increased. Students can be asked to write more sentences, label additional items, and more. They can be asked to add an new picture to the paper and label the new object. 

CVC Boards

We need to Raise the Expectations for Independent Centers now that the year is half through. We take "process" centers and raise the expectations on the process.
I LOVE CVC boards. I believe in this center. Students must be able to stretch and slide their way through words as they read and write. This center helps with encoding and decoding. As students get quicker with this skill, up the game. Choose a word and write about it. Choose two words and write about both in each in one sentence. You can also increase the word choice adding blends and digraphs to the center.

Stencils

We need to Raise the Expectations for Independent Centers now that the year is half through. We take "process" centers and raise the expectations on the process.
This is a "throw away" center. I call it that because my students did this center as a final center. It was "just a fun" center. Students have to trace the stencil with a pencil and add details, then they have to write sentences. They can use more stencils, but they have to write more sentences.

Don't forget the 4 Square Center, Squiggle Center, and Listening Center should also be upped. Each of these centers could demand 4 or 5 sentences at this time of the year. 

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We need to Raise the Expectations for Independent Centers now that the year is half through. We take "process" centers and raise the expectations on the process.

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