I recently revamped my listening center. I felt like some of my students would just sit at it without much focus on the book they were listening to. Some would even sit for a while after the story was over, lost in their own thoughts. I wanted my Listening Center to be more structured and also last for one switch of our reading centers. (Next year my goal is to make question sheets for the books that a majority of my students would be able to do independently.) So here's what I came up with:
I numbered 4 bins (I don't think I'd ever need more than 4 stories to fill a 10 or 15 minute rotation.) I uploaded all of my Books on CD to my computer. I copied 3 or 4 books to a CD (depending on the length of the stories). Then the students don't have to switch CD's between stories!! I also put numbers on each bin and made a pull off card for the students to keep themselves on the correct book. 1/2 of my students can follow along with the right book fairly independently but I'm wishing I had put a little clip on each CD that says, "now pick up the next book." I'm sure the prompt could be faded but it would help the students who struggle with when to go on to the next book. It's really helping though. I've also added visual "rules" to the center to help them follow the routine or for a visual reminder if someone is off task.
When I started this center I had one of my aides sitting with each student to practice the routine. The amount of days someone sat with them depended on how independent they were able to be. When I was able to fade my aide, I added an additional center that will not be independent.
This is our first year doing reading centers in this way and I'm finding this as a successful way to teach my students the centers that will be independent before adding all of the "manned" centers.
Here's a quick pic of my Read to Self center. 4 of my 6 students are able to at least look at books independently and 2 of them need to be read to. I practiced reading independently with each of my 4 independent students so that this could be independent as well. These are the bins from Lakeshore that I spent a ton of money on a few years ago but find that I'm not so good at keeping organized. Therefore, I've re-purposed them as reading bins.
Does anyone have any other tips for making Listening center and Read to Self independent?