Station Rotation Model: Student Designed & Led Stations

One of the benefits of the Station Rotation Model is how easy it is to design activities at different levels to meet the diverse needs of a group of students. I spend a lot of time tailoring activities to support students who need additional scaffolds, but it’s important to challenge the strong students in our classrooms as well. 

One strategy I use to capitalize on my students’ strengths is to have them design and lead stations. I have some students who are extremely strong readers or gifted writers and other students who are incredibly tech savvy. These students are valuable resources in the class community, so I will ask them to design and run a station to share their expertise with their peers. I try not to overburden my strong students, but I do want to challenge them to think about how they can present concepts and engage their peers to help support the class in developing particular skills.

Even though some of my students have strong skills, they do not necessarily know how to design a dynamic lesson or activity, so I’ve created the template above to support them as they think about how to construct their lessons.

Students have a week to lesson plan and during that time, we collaborate on their Station Rotation Lesson Design document. This gives me a chance to provide them with support and feedback as well as connect them with resources that will help them to improve their lessons.

Letting strong students lead the learning and challenging them to design lessons that are interesting, engaging, and effective is a fantastic way to empower them. I’m consistently impressed by the creativity and commitment my students put into these lessons. They know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a poorly designed lesson, and they want their lessons to be fun for their peers!

They do need support during the design process, which is why having a template is helpful. The lesson design document can then be shared with the students moving through the station and serve as a resource during the station. This creates a clear path for the learning.

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Why Is K-12 Education So Slow to Change?

If you are attending SXSW in March, I’ll be speaking on a panel with Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Keith Krueger, the CEO of the Consortium for School Networking.

Why Is K-12 Education so Slow to Change?

Monday, March 6
12:30PM – 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon G

From smartphones to electric cars, new innovations have reshaped virtually every aspect of our lives. Digital instructional tools and blended learning models are changing the experience of learning for educators and students. Why then have many of our K-12 classrooms remained so firmly rooted in the 20th century? Is there something inherently change-resistant about our K-12 schools? A visionary district superintendent, an ed tech industry leader, and an educator discuss what change can look like when a school or classroom breaks out. How can educators and leaders ignite change in their schools and communities to truly transform instruction and learning? Walk away with a vision for change.

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Podcast: Diving into Technology & Blended Learning

Check out my conversation with the lovely ladies who host CNUSDEchat podcast, which is officially launching February 1st! We had the opportunity to chat about blended learning, flexible classroom spaces, and the importance of placing students at the center of learning!

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The CNUSDEdchat podcast also has conversations with Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Jessica Fuller available! They are worth checking out if you enjoy podcasts as much as I do.

Do you have a favorite podcast that focuses on education topics? If so, please share!

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