195: Run Literacy Centers in Junior Classroom

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Do you use literacy centers in junior classrooms?

In this episode, I am talking about what literacy centers look like in my junior classroom because they look a little different from centers in my primary classrooms. As junior students go through the year, they often develop more independent skills, so how you use centers can change depending on their skill and comfort levels. 

Because centers can be so different in junior classrooms, I think it’s helpful to talk about the differences and how to adapt to make them work for you. 

Something that you’ll hear me repeat in the episode is that there is no one right way to do centers. I just want to give you an idea of how I make centers work in my classroom so that you can get some inspiration and guidance for yours!

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • Adapting centers for your students’ needs 
  • What centers might look like for you 
  • How long it takes to get students working in centers for prolonged amounts of time 
  • Creating time to work with small groups and individual students 
  • Areas of focus for your centers 
  • The importance of scheduling catch-up time
  • What to do while your students are working independently on centers 
  • Ways to structure student conferences 
  • Why centers will look different for every teacher
  • Allowing students to work on their own schedules 
  • Starting with structure and getting more flexible throughout the year


I hope this gives you an idea of what centers can look like in your classroom and how I run them in mine. 

Remember, there’s no one right way to do centers. You get to chose what works for you and your students!

If you want help creating an engaging literacy program that your students will love all year long without the stress, disorganization, or overwhelmed feelings of starting from scratch, I want to invite you to join Ignited Literacy. It will give you a full year’s worth of literacy lessons and activities for your grade 3-6 classroom. Find out more at www.ignitedliteracy.com/IL2021SP.  


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EP 159: Literature Circles vs. Literature Centers – Which is Right for You?


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