Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Centers Your Students Can Complete Independently

Raise your hand if you're like me and you love centers! I love using centers as much as possible. They give students a chance to work collaboratively with one another and give me the opportunity to get some guided reading done and check IEP goals. One of the biggest problems I have had with centers in the past is students not knowing what they should be doing and not understanding the concept. Ahhh!  For example, I've prepared some great word sorts for students but then checked their work and found that they didn't get any answers correct and had no idea what they were doing during the entire center time. Double Ahhh! Well, I think I found my solution, and it is through the use of QR Codes. You can use QR Codes to give students frequent feedback to let them know whether or not they are on the right track in their learning.



If you're not familiar with using QR Codes in your classroom, check out my previous blog post first by clicking here!

QR Codes can be used for all different subject areas and can be differentiated to meet the needs of all levels of your learners. Here are some of my favorites! Click the picture to be taken to the resource...and yes there is one freebie included! ;)




Here are some QR Codes being used during math. Students use a dry erase marker to practice using a number line. After they have answered the question, they scan the code and the correct answer will appear. Quick feedback lets students monitor their understanding!



Both of the QR Code task cards above focus on decoding. One on CVC words and the other on vowel teams! Once students read the word they can scan to be taken to a picture of the word. Love the differentiation!!


Even phonemic awareness skills can be used with QR Codes. Above is one of my favorites, Rhyme Around the Room! The use of technology, foundational reading skills, and moving around the room? Oh yes! Just make sure you have a heavy duty iPad case! ;)


Contraction fun! This version comes with an optional answer key.


Reinforcing digraphs with QR Codes. Get this one free at my TPT shop by clicking the picture above!


So what do you think? Do you use QR Codes? How do you use them? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

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