I use these centers for the Independent Practice. Students are REQUIRED to complete each of the monthly centers at least one time by the end of the month. I DO allow them to repeat centers that they feel they need more practice with or just enjoyed. Once they have completed all of the monthly centers, they can read a book of choice or complete an activity from my “What to do When I’m Through” bin. It usually takes my students at least 3 weeks to get through the entire month’s centers.
I use these centers as formative assessment throughout the year. I DO provide student response sheets for all centers that it applies to, but I DO NOT always have my students fill these out or turn them in. Many times I just want them to get the practice. Occasionally, I will require them to complete the response sheet and turn it in so I can take a grade or a quick check on how their doing. Also, if I notice students not following directions during centers time, I require them to complete the response sheet.