Learning Centers and Development
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In this article, the writer notes that teachers of today are faced with an exciting, and at times overwhelming, challenge of teaching students that are more culturally, socioeconomically, linguistically, and academically diverse than ever before. The writer maintains that one of the possible solutions for such challenges is incorporating learning centers in classrooms, a strategy that capitalizes on decades of research that proves traditional, teacher-centered education ineffective while advocating a student-centered, constructivist approach to learning. The writer first explains the nature of the learning center and then discusses that incorporating learning centers in an early childhood classroom could help children develop the skills and attitudes they need for later learning and success in life. The writer concludes that with learning centers, children have a chance to be who they are, but at the same time they are offered the opportunity to explore and learn in a safe, nurturing environment.
From the Paper:"While skeptics may view learning centers as meaningless, unsupervised play time, educators dedicated to engaging their students and promoting whole-child development will consider the benefits of learning centers.
"What, then, are these learning centers? They are physical centers for small-group work within the classroom, each fostering the development of a different set of skills. While some teachers may choose to have fewer and some may choose more, the eight basic centers are art, blocks, discovery, dramatic play, library, muscle, music, and table games. The art center allows children to express themselves visually and develop fine motor skills as well as vocabulary. Through creating artwork, children are exposed to a variety of colors, shapes, and substances, all of which appeal to the children's natural curiosity. Art-center work can also supplement almost any other subject matter, from drawing plants for science to creating models for math."
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