What Is a Learning Center?

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A learning center is an independent space set up within a classroom that provides students with an opportunity to engage in activities that enrich their learning, according to Scholastic Instructor. These centers give students access to art materials, books and manipulatives that provide a hands-on learning experience.

Learning centers present children with opportunities for teamwork, hands-on learning, social interaction, real-life problem solving and to work on open-ended activities. Such centers are governed by rules that the students understand, and require them to be responsible and accountable for their own learning. Students get the chance to learn various subjects as they move from one center to the next. According to Scholastic Instructor, students who need more time to internalize information can benefit from these centers because the centers provide a more individualized lesson than a whole-class setting.