Start Small and Grow

Today I am in Logan, NM, which is about a 90-minute drive from Amarillio, TX. As part of the professional focus for the upcoming school year, teachers are learning about the Literacy and Learning Center (LLC) model for their students and classrooms.

As an educator for close to 30 years, I am always reticent when I hear about a program or strategy that will raise student achievement. Quite frankly, it’s usually a company that’s trying to sell me something or it’s an individual who doesn’t work in classrooms. Yet, I am compelled to share with you why I think the LLC model works so well in so many contexts:

·      Although there are suggested structures for the model, it’s malleable. There are four foundational centers: teacher-led center, vocabulary, writer’s craft and reading together.  Depending on the content area, there are more centers.  (You can learn more about the individual centers in two awesome eBooks that I wrote for Sadlier Publishing.  See the links at the end of the blog.)

·      Each center has a clearly articulated activity that promotes student independence, provides practice, and develops skills and content knowledge.

·      There are ample opportunities to integrate technology into the centers.

·      Students can work at their level.

·      The teacher can work with small groups which creates the opportunity to effectively integrate formative assessment strategies and interventions.

Click here to see a great video of the LLC model in action in East St. Louis, IL. In the past two years, I have worked with the school district to implement the model and increase student achievement (and we’re succeeding). To learn more about the East St. Louis LLC model success, click here.

View Learning and Literacy Centers: Not Just for Primary Grades ebook.

View Learning and Literacy Centers: Planning for Diverse Students ebook.