By Starr Sackstein
Secondary teachers love their content and are already struggling to cover the curriculum in the time they have. Sometimes that means they worry about sacrificing precious class time for students to engage with content in a way that allows for a more differentiated learning experience for each student. So what can secondary teachers do to effectively set up meaningful learning centers where they aren’t directly involved in the teaching but can feel confident students are still learning the content?
If we want students to stay excited about learning our content and keep talking about that learning all day long, we need to meet them where they are and invite their ideas into our co-constructed learning spaces. Why not give learning centers a try in your classroom and see if they help students actively engage with the content and each other? You will love the outcomes.
To learn more about the promise of Learning Centers with secondary students, grab a copy of Hacking Learning Centers in Grades 6-12.