Categories in philosophy often seem too rigid or too simpleminded to classify the complexity of our views, but perhaps the following checklist will help you understand your own position in….
Compare your findings with what the text says about learning centers.
Learning centers in the encouraging classroom.
a. Observe carefully the classroom of a teacher who uses learning centers. Diagram the classroom using as much detail as possible. Compare the pattern of center placement with considerations in the text for planning and using centers.
b. Observe a preprimary or primary class that is completing a theme. Note whether or how the teacher uses: webbing, learning centers, integrated curriculum. Note the children’s level of engagement in the center activities. Compare the observations with what the text says about learning centers in the classroom.
c. Interview a teacher who uses learning centers. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of center use as the teacher sees them. How does the teacher work learning centers into the daily schedule? Into the educational program? How does the teacher see learning centers contributing to the atmosphere of an encouraging classroom? Compare your findings with what the text says about learning centers.