Presenter: Katherine McKnight, Ph.D.
T-TESS Domain: Planning 1.1, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.2, Instruction 2.4 
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

What do sticky notes, highlighters, and yarn have to do with grouping? They are all great ways to create effective centers! These centers will work for multiple subject areas. In this 1-hour course, “Merging Content and Literacy Skills Through Learning Centers – Creating Centers,” discover how to use these strategies to successfully group your students.

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Once you decide to group your students, what happens next? Dr. Katherine McKnight says that there are several strategies that you can use to successfully group your students. Some of these strategies involve using kinesthetics, posters, and color-coding. These grouping strategies are not useful for just one subject area; they can be applied to every subject for enhanced group learning. In this 1-hour course, “Merging Content and Literacy Skills Through Learning Centers – Creating Centers,” discover how to use sticky notes, highlighters, and yarn to create effective learning centers for every student. 

In this course educators will see:

  • Examples of learning center strategies
  • Kinesthetic Visualization
  • A checklist for creating learning centers
  • A pedagogical strategy for using centers

Presenter Bio

Dr. Katherine McKnight is a dynamic presenter, dedicated teacher, and award-winning author. Dr. McKnight began her career in education over 30 years ago as a middle school and high school English and social studies teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and appointed as Distinguished Professor of Research at National Louis University. In addition to speaking at professional development conferences, she is a regular consultant in schools and classrooms in the United States and Europe.
She is the founder of Engaging Learners, an educational company built around her successful Literacy and Learning Center model. Her work in educational leadership, literacy and student skill development has resulted in unprecedented academic achievement in many struggling schools.
Dr. McKnight has received several awards for her publications and teaching at the university level. She has authored 17 books that support educational strategies to engage all learners. Her titles include the best-selling The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, winner of the 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award. She’s also written The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom, and the twin volumes: Common Core Literacy for Math, Science, and Technical Subjects, and Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies, and the Humanities: Strategies to Deepen Content Knowledge – Grades 6-12. 

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40 reviews for Merging Content and Literacy Skills Through Learning Centers – Creating Centers

  1. Rocio – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  2. Marisela – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed learning more centers.

  3. Azucena – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting. Thank you.

  4. Suzette – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    Not applicable to me very much. I teach elementary. Perhaps I missed that it was going to be geared towards middle/high school learners. I got a little from it, but not as much as I had hoped.

  5. Araceli – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Thank you for this great training. I will use lots of your ideas!

  6. Michelle – VAN WERT CITY (verified owner)

    Good ideas.

  7. MICHELLE – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas for center lessons!

  8. Daisy – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)

    I liked the ideas the presenter had and style.

  9. Yesenia – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    It had some good ideas on activities for learning centers.

  10. MARGARET R – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    This course was good very informative for an upper grade teacher. It gives the teacher an idea on how to use stations in their classroom using the text that is being taught and breaking it up apart in the different stations provided.

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