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Re: middle school centers


Date: Tue Oct 07 2003 - 08:50:11 PDT

I am currently taking grad classes in curriculum, instruction and assessment
and the big push is differentiated learning. They have what they call
anchoring activities that are just what you are describing. So....I have a file card
box on my desk that I call Hot Picks, and the students must choose something
from the box if they finish early. The activities appeal to all learning
styles and what is really cool is that they are making the choice about what they
will do, so it means something more to them than just an assignment given by
me. Some of the activities include writing critiques, using the 4 steps of
critique, of various pix I have hanging in the room, or drawing a stillife of an
arrangement of flowers in the room. They may even create small clay pieces
from my recycled clay....This is still new to me, but the kids liked it this
first 6 weeks.