Using Literacy Centers to Differentiate Instruction

The Workshop

Differentiation is the best way to reach the academic needs of all our diverse learners. Managing a differentiated classroom has great implications involving teacher preparation time, materials management, and student face time with the teacher. These factors discourage many teachers from differentiating because of the required level of organization and time. With the implementation of learning centers, early language teachers can effectively have their students working independently at their instructional level while other students are receiving direct instruction or being assessed by their teachers in homogenous groupings. This workshop will guide teachers through the logistics of designing centers, grouping their students, and managing it all – whether teachers have their own classrooms or travel on a cart. Time will be spent creating and sharing activities, so teachers will go back.