As a teacher, I no longer feel like I need to control everything my second-grade students do. I can now allow them to work independently in groups. I provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively, and I let them talk while they write. Students are now interested to be in my classroom, and behavior problems have diminished.
--Mathew Needleman Brentwood Science Magnet Los Angeles, California
8 years of teaching
NCTE Resources . . .
Learning Centers: From Shared to Independent Practice This lesson This lesson provides a framework for using a shared reading experience to introduce independent literacy learning centers.