A learning or interest centre is a space set aside in the classroom that allows easy access to a variety of learning materials in an interesting and productive manner. Using a variety of materials, designs, and media, students work alone or in small groups to deepen their understanding of the information learned in the classroom. Centres are designed to enhance the learning of concepts, skills, themes, or topics. This learning can take place after a topic is presented to students, during the course of presenting important concepts, or as an initial introduction to material in the text.
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Secondary teachers may be interested in Mrs. Cassel's Lit Pages. This website contains detailed descriptions of two learning centres created to introduce important background information and questions that will deepen students' understanding of the literature they are about to read.