As I've mentioned before I'll be teaching third grade. I'm introducing reader's workshop and writer's workshop for the first time this year. I will also being using an interactive board for the first time. I hadn't even thought of using centers though I've seen some math and reading centers that would be nice to use. Today I spoke with the fourth and fifth grade teachers (both new like me) and they plan on using centers from the beginning. So now I feel like I should do centers too! But I really think I'm spreading myself thin. The workshops are going to take more than enough time as it is! So my questions are: Should I try to fit in centers? Would it be okay if I don't introduce them till October so that I can get adjusted to the workshops first? Can centers be done perhaps only one day a week for an extended period rather than daily? Will it really be THAT detrimental to my class if I DON'T do centers?? Any help would be greatly appreciated!