Stations in the Fast Lane!
By Suzy Pepper Rollins
Stations can be one of the most impactful instructional frameworks for student-centered learning. Student autonomy, creative thinking, vocabulary development, student engagement– the potential benefits can be almost awe-inspiring. But stations can also be a bit misleading. Students APPEAR to be digging in on the task, but are they really understanding what they are doing? How much are they relying on one another? Crafting truly successful station rotation lessons can be daunting. This podcast spells out the benefits of station teaching, the biggest question to answer, and “Watch Outs!” Plus, some tips on implementation issues that can develop, such as student accountability and classroom management tips.
If you teach social studies, here’s a free station rotation lesson ready to go on the branches of government. This is for deep in the unit, close to assessment time. This is one of the lessons Suzy uses to model stations during professional development. Includes: card game, error analysis, sort, and agree/disagree.