Kindergarten Math Centers

From KNILT

Go To: Shane Devlin's Mini Course

Topic

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The topic I have chosen for my mini course is on creating and using during Math instruction. In early childhood classrooms, centers can be an important structure and teaching technique during the day. As expressed Dominic Gullo's article, Teaching and Learning During the Kindergarten Year, "using centers to organize and manage the learning environment is a strategy attuned to who kindergarten children are and how they learn." Centers are a way to help students learn academically, behavioral, emotionally, and socially; therefore it is highly important that the creation and use of centers is well thought out and planned.

Outcomes

By the end of the mini-course, learners will be able to:

  • point out parts and structure of engaging and hands-on centers.
  • use their background knowledge of state Math standards and their own classroom needs to create centers.
  • design math centers that can be used in their classrooms
  • Teachers will reflect on successful and unsuccessful centers to understand what works best for their students.

Performance Objectives

  • Teachers will identify parts of engaging and hands-on centers.
  • Teachers will express state Math standards.
  • Teachers will describe how to structure centers to be successful.
  • Teachers will construct centers based on state Math standards.
  • Teachers will create centers that are engaging and hands-on.
  • Teachers will appraise their own classroom needs to create centers.
  • Teachers will reflect on successful and unsuccessful centers to understand what works best for their students.

The Learning Ahead

Unit 1: What are Engaging Centers?

Unit 2: Adding State and Common Core Standards

Unit 3: Combining Our Learning