RE:ESTABLISHMENT OF A LEARNING CENTER
Alearning center refers to a designated section of a classroom whichenables students access an array of learning materials, designs andmedia. In learning centers, children can either learn by themselvesor with their peers to enhance their understanding of variousconcepts, skills, themes, and topics taught in classroom. Theymay include maps, charts, puzzles and word-games, teacher-writtencard challenges, measuring equipment, paintings, charts and boards,creative-writing tools, computer devices, among others. A MiddleGrade classroom my feature reading and writing,visual/illustrational, science/experimental, music and art, as wellas math centers.
Atypical learning Centre.
Studentsnever experience life in parts science, math, history, English ormusic, rather in interdisciplinary and integrated ways. For example,students can create a music or script to exercise their spelling andreading integrating music and English. Additionally, children canintegrate science and English through charts about parts of humananatomy. Moreover, short stories featuring numbers and patterns helpintegrate history and mathematical experiences. Also, simple datacollection and analysis may help integrate mathematics and throughcolors, objects, animals, weather patterns, among others. Aristotleand Socrates suggested that learning was not learning unless istransferred to actual and practical life situations. This classroomlearning transfers in real life experience in numerous ways. Forinstance, kids can check and tell the temperature of food and liquidsat home in an attempt to operationalize units on temperature.Furthermore, they can transfers mathematics into making simplebudgets for their time, money and tasks at home and school, amongother activities.
Autonomy,openness, problem-solving, and integrity play a part of learningcenter activities by enabling students develop the capacity to learnand comprehend topics either individually or in groups. Teachers playa central role in learning centers. They are the instructors whoprovide support and direction to learners in whatever challenges theymay encounter. They aid students meet their needs and ensure learnersdisplay appropriate behavior while in groups.
JohnLocke(abehavioral theorist, physician regarded and an influential ofEnlightenment thinkers)argued that when a child is born, it develops immediate experiencewith its environment and all the experiences are transcribed to its‘slate’ which eventually result into complex and abstract ideas.Lending similar thoughts, JohnWatson(bornin 1878 in Greenville, South Carolina)believed that he could any individual despite his background andtrain him to become anything he choose. B.F.Skinner(a renowned Americanpsychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher)held that in an attempt to explain behavior, one ought not to look atinternal thoughts and motivations, rather the external and observablefactor that causes human behavior. These researches influenced mydecisions to have learning centers as a part of my day.
Ifwell planned learning center activities, encourages thinking at alllevels. For instance, students learn how to interact and relate withone another, their teachers, school, as well as the large society.Appropriate learning centers encourage strong group dynamics thatenable learners acquire a wide view of the world. Nonetheless, Iincorporate movement in learning of my students since it help themdevelop neuro-pathways, base patterns and working memory.Furthermore, I assess my students based on their learning outcomesand performance. For example, I have grade their learning onindividual objectives of every lesson.
Itherefore encourage parents to come to my class and experience thejoy of learning in a risk-free environment in which children learncooperatively while interacting with their senses, acknowledging meprior to their visit. I can make arrangements for parents forrotational schedules during which parents can aid children in variouscenters. Parents are kindly requested to avail the following itemsthat will facilitate setting up of the facility
Dress-up clothes, among other materials that can aid in establishment of the facility.