Brand New Teacher: I need some direction! I feel so overwhelmed and unsure of where to start for centers in the first grade. -a lot of the stuff I see looks too complex. I need to keep it basic right now. -Also I got hired 2 days before the school year started, so when do I have time to print and laminate all these centers? -I'm also afraid that I will do all this work, and then the kids will finish the center too early or get bored after a few times. -I have found some good center management step by step guides, but it is the choice factor. What center do I introduce first? -Some of the permanent centers seem easy like the Big Book Center. In word work, do I have to print have a million write it, stamp it pages, rainbow words pages, etc? At first, will students be using the same word work choice every day until they master it and we introduce another choice? If so, that is a lot of paper. -As far as where will kids put their work, I want to use a pocket folder that says finished/unfinished. I don't plan on looking too closely at their work. The goal of centers is more that kids are working independently while I meet with small groups to provide them with that invaluable support. I will look through them to look for misunderstandings, common errors, and things I need to reteach. - Are the kids losing valuable small group time while I'm rolling the centers out? A lot of my kids need extra help. What I am most afraid of is not having the time in math to appropriately help my learners and reteach concepts. What I need is basic fluency activities that the kids can work on as a permanent/unchanging center. That would be a time saver. I do have an addition/subtraction shoots and ladders game made already. And I can use addition/subtraction flash cards as a center. Also, I could laminate various worksheets and have kids use dry erase markers as a center. That would be easy and not too time-consuming.