Collaborative Literacy & Learning Centers for 4-12 Learners

Elementary schools have long used learning centers (also known as “rotations”). But middle and high school teachers have unique challenges, so Katie has developed collaborative learning centers designed specifically for grade 4-12 learners.


Benefits of Literacy & Learning Centers in the Grade 4-12 Classroom

  • Help students focus with short, specific tasks that are developmentally appropriate
  • Increase engagement with peer-to-peer learning 
  • Cover more content and skill development in less time
  • Devote more attention and personalized instruction to students who need it  
  • Create a collaborative classroom community
  • Avoid discipline problems with self-directed activities that provide the independence they crave with the guidance they need 
  • Capitalize on the adolescent’s need to be right with evidence-based argumentation projects 
  • Relate to your class in a more natural, authentic way as facilitator instead of lecturer
  • Automatically align instruction to standards/skills based assessment

     Tips for Successful Centers

  • Student Choice
  • Small Team Size
  • Written Instructions in Each Center
  • End with a Make-up Center
  • Labeled Centers
  • Rehearse
  • Repurpose Existing Curriculum

Sample Activities

  • Vocabulary Workshop
  • Grammar for Writing
  • Read Independently
  • Find Evidence
  • Watch Video
  • Determine Point of View
  • Listen to Recording
  • Question the Author
  • Stop and Write
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Identify Main Argument
  • Draw or Interpret a Graph
  • Think-Pair-Share 
  • Read to Each Other
  • Look for Fallacies
  • Figurative Language
  • Finder
  • RAFT
  • Brainstorming
  • Teacher-led Center for Formative Assessment

Why Implement Literacy & Learning Centers in the Grade 4-12 Classroom?
Because they Work!

Katie has a 100% success rate in achieving academic gains with her unique centers-based approach.