So as I look back at this week these are the things that are going well and I hope to build on:
1. I am getting more comfortable with the centers! My students have learned the procedure for transitioning to the next group and they are getting better at it each time. I have them switch on a count of 3, at 1 they all stand up and push in their chairs. On 2 the back row comes to the front of the room and stands in front of the first group. On 3 they all go to the seats behind them. It has a good flow.
For now I am keeping the activities simple, but I'm working really hard to make sure they are meaningful and not just busy work. These are Learning Stations, not just Doing Stations. I am working on building students understanding that the work they do here is their opportunity to play with the new concepts and develop their own meanings.
2. I feel like my lessons are becoming more effective using the resources and methods I've been accumulating over the years. For example, I've started pulling the concept development ideas from EngageNY which I think work very well, but also using Whole Brain Teaching to teach vocabulary. I also like how the Whole Brain Teaching management techniques fit with the Teach Like a Champion strategies, such as 100% and No Opt out.