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.

Erin Muck is in her 21st year of teaching sixth grade English Language Arts. Pickerington Local Schools has been her home for her entire teaching career. Currently she is a teacher in Pickerington’s Gateway Academy, a comprehensive fourth through sixth grade gifted program. Erin has spent the majority of her years teaching in some form of gifted education. Erin received a Masters of Education degree from Ohio University and earned her Gifted Intervention Specialist endorsement from the University of Cincinnati. Erin is married to her high school sweetheart and resides in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She is the mother of two children, Dillon, and Addison.

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417 reviews for A Centers Approach to Language Arts

  1. Lauren – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    Strong practical examples, but I’d note in the description that this is best geared toward elementary teachers.

  2. Angie – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    I didn’t find this class helpful or useful at all.

  3. Mark – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    It was ok

  4. Catherine – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    Nice new approach

  5. Dottie – WASHINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    Great ideas

  6. Katie – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    Good ideas for teaching all parts of the curriculum!

  7. Robin – CARLISLE LOCAL (verified owner)

    Even though I only have my students for 30-40 minutes a day, it has given me w lot of ideas on how to improve my time with them and get more accomplished!

  8. Kristina – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    Great course! Very detaiked and organized way to teach the curriculum and differentiate instruction.

  9. Nancy – MOHAWK LOCAL (verified owner)

    This is a great course!

  10. Cynthia – CHARDON LOCAL (verified owner)

    Very valuable. Will change the way I teach.

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