Help, with reading centers rotations

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  1. Ms.M

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    This if my first year teaching. If there is anyone who can help me out I would greatly appreciate it. I am a little confused on how literacy center rotations work. I have center ideas, but just confused on how to rotate my groups from center to center.
     
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  3. Touchthefuture

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    There are many ways to do it. You need to make a decision about whether you want your guided reading be part of the rotation or not. I prefer not to. I just call the groups based on my schedule. Then you need to make a rotation chart so they know where they need to go. For example this would be Monday's schedule:

    blue group - listening center / poetry
    red group - independent reading / writing
    yellow group - computers / word family center
    green group - journal writing / read/write the room

    After Monday, you would rotate the group names down each day. My center groups are not my same guided reading groups so if I call a guided reading group they may come from every group above. If you decide to put your guided reading in the rotation, it would be like this:

    blue group - guided reading / listening
    red group - independent reading / writing
    yellow group - word family center / guided reading
    green group - journal writing / read/write the room

    So in this example you would see the blue group first and the yellow group second. Again you would move the groups everyday.
    I hope that this helped and you are not too confused. Let me know if you have questions
     
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    As the previous post said, there are many ways to do it.
    I have a rotation chart that works well for me and my "centers" are very simple. At the moment I have read to self, read to buddy, Independent work, Meeti with teacher, and writer's workshop. The point is, it doesn't have to be a lot of extra work to be meaningful!
     
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    Do your center groups all switch simultaneously? I was just curious. This is a good thread for centers.
     
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    Yes, we all switch at the same time. I don't have a "set" amount of time. I just gage it by how the students are working, if they are getting restless, etc.
     
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    Touchthefuture- How often do you meet with each guided reading group?
     
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    I try and meet with my low groups 3 times per week, the on level groups 2 times per week and the high group 1-2 times. This varies year to year according to the levels within my room. I do not time it but we do roatate at the same time. I have written my lessons so they last about 15 mins and then we rotate. This last year I had my 90 minute language block set -up like this.
    Center 1 - 15 mins
    Word Work - 15 mins (whole group)
    Center 2 - 15 mins
    Shared Reading - 30 mins ( whole group)
    Center 3 - 15 mins

    Breaking up centers helps eliminate students finishing all their centers quickly and then playing. It really helped. This year I will move my shared reading to the 2nd slot as we sometimes ran out of time tiwards the end.
     
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    I never thought of doing this. I can see how this might help keep them better focused. Thanks for the idea!
     
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    This past year I had 4 rotations at the beginning of the year:

    Reading group
    Read to self
    Work on writing
    Word work

    Each rotation lasted 30 minutes... I'm very insistent on meeting with each group EVERY single day! After winter break, I started a writing workshop, so my reading time was reduced, and I replaced Work on Writing with Listening Centers. My guided reading time was then reduced to 20 minutes. It's taken time, but I have learned to stop myself at 20 minutes (I think we all tend to get caught up with your lowest group most of the time).

    This year I am trying to figure out what I want to do with my groups. I have so many things I want to do during the morning, but never enough time! I got some fluency kits and games through donorschoose, and would like to incorporate these, as well as some smartboard activities. I think I may have to go back to my wheel (one rotation students would spend "on the wheel"... my wheel had 6 different centers, so each child at the group was working independently at a different center). I hope that made some sense!
     
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    Read and implement Daily 5...it's the best thing ever!
     
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    This sounds like a great idea. The only thing, I work in private sector and my school has very little supplies but this would be a great idea. Maybe I could do it two times a week starting off and grow into three times a week. Thanks
     

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