Model Teaching Learning Center

What's a Teaching Learning Center?

What's a Teaching Learning Center?

This Learning Center provides the preferred structure for all learning centers that are to be used by teachers in a classroom setting, Grades K-12.

Click here to download a rubric for assessing Teaching Learning Centers.

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Enduring Understandings

Enduring Understandings

Section 1: Enduring Understandings and Big Ideas

[Text] Insert your Learning Center Enduring Understandings that can serve as an overview, one or two sentences explaining what the learner will learn and experience in this Learning Center.  This should include the big ideas and understandings that the learning center strives for.

Objectives, Time & Resources

Objectives, Time & Resources

Section 2: Time required

List the amount of time the Learning Center will take (e.g., five class periods, two weeks, etc.).

Section 3: Classroom resources

This stanza lists the resources the teacher will need to bring to the activities (in addition to the image and video resources that will become imbedded in this Learning Center).  For instance, students might need a digital camera, or art supplies, or a world map.

Section 4: Learning Objectives

This stanza lists the learning objectives of the Learning Center.  What specific skills or knowledge will students gain as a result of this Learning Center?

Background Information

Background Information

Section 5: Background Information

(Use as many stanzas as it takes): [Text and image or two images or text and video – all three possibilities might be part of this one] This could be in the form of an essay or a combination essay and visual resource, to provide the context users will need to understand the content.  

A sample image appears in this stanza as an example.

Classroom Activities

Classroom Activities

Section 6: Lesson plans, learning activities, and teaching strategies

[Text and image or two images or text and video – all three possibilities might be part of this one] This is where the images, videos, links, and other resources come in. A sample image appears in this stanza.

Whether designed for a whole class or an individual user, this stanza should explain how to use the resources and information. The best learning centers:

  1. Accommodate as diverse a group of students as possible
  2. Involve affective, kinesthetic, and cognitive realms
  3. Engage learners in higher level (critical) thinking skills

Assessment & Standards

Assessment & Standards

Section 7: Check for Understanding and Assessment

[Text] How will the learner know when he or she has mastered the information or completed the experience?  This stanza can include an assessment rubric or checklist, or could contain suggestions for determining what the student has learned.

Section 8: Academic Standards (state or national)

[Text] If you cannot identify applicable standards, the Web Administrator will supply the appropriate national standards.

Resource Listing

Resource Listing

Section 9: Resources

[Text or text and image or text and video] Offer a list of resources and links (in addition to those embedded in the Learning Center) that would be useful.