A Centers Approach to Language Arts


Presenter: Erin Muck
Core Area:
Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences 1.2; Learning Environments 2.1, 2.2; ODE Teacher Competency a; OAGC Differentiation
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

If you’ve ever pulled your hair out in frustration as you watched one of your students take 30 minutes to complete a classroom activity that took another student 10 seconds, this is the course for you. Erin Muck shows you how to offer students autonomy, choice, and differentiation through a centers approach to language arts she calls “The READ System.”  

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A centers approach to teaching offers gifted students autonomy, choice, and differentiation in ways that challenge and stretch them individually. In this course, Erin Muck shares how she uses a centers approach in her language arts classroom with the goal of helping you make it work in your classroom.

The centers approach Ms. Muck uses and developed herself is called “The READ System.” She will walk you through the following:

  • The power and advantages of using centers in your classroom
  • Examples of what centers might look like in your classroom
  • The specific benefits of using centers with your gifted students
She covers classroom setup, classroom organization, and demonstrates stations in action.

This course meets National Association for Gifted Children Teacher Preparation Standards 1.2, 2.1, and 2.1, as well as Ohio Department of Education competencies a, b, and c.

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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21 reviews for A Centers Approach to Language Arts

  1. Naomi – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    I LOVED this! I can’t wait to adapt it for my 9th grade classroom.

  2. Lacy – MIDLAND ISD (verified owner)

    It was nothing new at all

  3. Elizabeth – CARROLL ISD (verified owner)

    This course was a good overall review of creating student choice and fostering responsibility.

  4. Hector – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Great course!

  5. Carla – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    It provided me with some ideas on how to better organize and keep track of students work.

  6. Carmen – MERCEDES ISD (verified owner)

    The READ course is very complete and detailed; it helps the teacher how to carry it out, so that students can reinforce, expand, achieve and demonstrate their learning.

  7. Rosario – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative!

  8. John – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    It provided some good ideas, I do wish she had given some suggestions on how to make this work at the high school level.

  9. Leonora – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)

    This training helps teachers to be more organized in presenting different reading stations to students and to cover all the components of the reading curriculum that each student needs to learn at their own pace.

  10. Blanca – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    It gave me information on how to have the students more responsible for their learning.

  11. Kristin – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    This is a great course for classrooms that are made up of entirely or mostly gifted students.

  12. Noah – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    Very insightful

  13. Gloria – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative should be made available to parents

  14. Seferino – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    This courses purpose was exhibited in the training. i have a better understanding of READ rotations now.

  15. Laura – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)

    It was beneficial.


    I liked Ms. Muck’s presentation because she addressed all of the questions that were arising in my head. She made suggestions that didn’t make someone feel intimidated by them.

  17. Katina – River View Local Schools (verified owner)

    Great ideas!

  18. Anna – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    This is not beneficial for a high school, AP classroom. This seem more applicable and helpful for younger students.

  19. Michelle – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    BHS does not have the resources for this type of collaboration.

  20. Florinda – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Excellent course. Liked the examples of things she does in her class.

  21. Beatriz – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    It is an awesome course that could help us to set up centers, classroom organization, and provide us with excellent ideas to help our students to be independent.

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