What are Math Learning Centers?

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Instructor: Shannon Orr
This lesson is designed to explain what math learning centers are. This lesson will also discuss when to use math learning centers as well as introduce different types of math learning centers.

What Are Math Learning Centers?

You are a 2nd grade student and your teacher just taught the class how to regroup using two-digit addition problems. You feel pretty sure that you understand but you wish you could practice more and maybe even work with other students. The teacher has just announced that students will be broken up into small groups and each group will rotate through different math learning centers containing two-digit addition with regrouping activities. Learning centers, what's that?

Math learning centers are areas in the classroom where students have the opportunity work on a variety of math activities in order to practice skills that have already been introduced. The teacher may group students according to ability, behavioral, gender, or just a random assortment of students based on who works best together.

When to Use Learning Centers

Teachers may decide to use learning centers immediately following a lesson as a way to give students extra practice with skills that have just been introduced. Teachers may also use learning centers the next day or the following days after working on a concept in order to serve as review. The learning center activities may help the teacher determine which students can apply the skills that have been taught and which students may be in need of additional help. In addition, learning centers can be used to give students an extension activity to build upon what they already know and connect it to the next skill that will be taught.

How to Use Learning Centers

The teacher can decide the best time to use learning centers based on the ability of the students as well as students' individual needs. If the teacher has a group of students who simply do not understand the concept that was taught, learning centers can be used as a way to keep the rest of the class engaged while those students who need extra instructional time have an opportunity to work one on one with the teacher.

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