I’m doing my first solo presentation on centers this weekend at the Simmons GSLIS conference! I’m very excited to share my experience using library centers with future library teachers but I’m also nervous because I’ve only ever presented at AASL with Cari and Carolyn and that was during IDEAxCHANGE so it wasn’t a formal presentation. Hopefully it will go well! What would you like to see or learn if you were at a presentation on centers?
I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this center before! It’s one of the most popular centers in my library. It’s very easy to set up and the kids love it, week after week. I use one of my oil drip trays to display this center. I added magnets to the letters and change them up each week (check for bad words!). The words paper is where kids write words they find using the letters in the 3×3 grid. The paper is in the top half of one of my acrylic sign holders. This makes it possible to use dry erase markers to write the words. The objective is for students to find as many words as possible. Some classes like … Continued
Something new I have been doing all year in the library is using visual timers. When I’m not using my SmartBoard for a center, I’ve been using it to project a visual timer during centers or when we’re doing an activity. I got the idea from Matt B. Gomez’s post on using visual timers in his Kindergarten classroom. I’ve been using online-stopwatch.com’s egg timer for the most part. I’ve looked at a few iPad apps but haven’t fallen in love with any so far. If I’m projecting from my iPad, I use the regular old timer in the clock app that comes with the iPad. It also has a visual element so it works fine for the little kids. Another … Continued