management dilemma: centers vs. whole class :)

Discussion in 'Behavior Management' started by kikiboniki, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. kikiboniki

    kikiboniki Rookie

    Sep 24, 2011
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    Oct 5, 2011

    I am having a hard time controlling students while they are in centers. This is problematic, as most of the time when kids are in centers, I need to devote myself to the one group that I am teaching.
    For example, when I hear general chatter, it is difficult for me to pinpoint and correct the offenders accurately.

    Any ideas on how to ensure that all students stay on task? And how to control the class while still devoting attention to my instruction group?
  3. MissScrimmage

    MissScrimmage Aficionado

    May 29, 2007
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    Oct 5, 2011

    1. Make sure the students know exactly what they are supposed to do and hold them accountable for their work. Practice using the centres, rotating and cleaning up. Practice this over and over and over. Model what you expect over and over and over.

    2. Make sure the centers are engaging and that students can actually complete the tasks independently. If the activities are too hard or too easy students will fall off task quickly.

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