One Stop Differentiated Station Rotation

When I train teachers on blended learning, I am often asked, “Is this the right way to do this?” My response is always the same, “There are lots of variations on each blended learning model. They are constantly evolving. You need to make the models work for you and your students.” Even though people try to pin down the various blended learning models with specific definitions, they are really just a starting place. There is no right or wrong. Teachers must feel empowered to make the models their own.

I love to share the different ways I am modifying the Station Rotation Model to work for me and my students. One of my favorite new variations is the One Stop Differentiated Station Rotation. This variation doesn’t actually require students to rotate to various stations. Instead, there are multiple stations designed to challenge students at various skill levels. I typically design a One Stop Differentiated Station Rotation Lesson if we are focusing on a specific skill, like reading, writing or grammar, where there is a large degree of variation in the skills or abilities within a single class. I design tasks that target that skill in each station, but the degree of challenge is different for each station.


For example, if students are working on annotating and analyzing a text, I’ll pull an article from Newsela or Smithsonian Tween Tribune that is written at different Lexile levels and assign different groups easier or more challenging reading based on their reading level. Then the task I assign with each reading is also different. I always spend my time with the lowest level group to support their work–providing feedback, support and additional scaffolding.

The trick with the One Stop Differentiated Station is to use a strategy for breaking students into groups that does not explicitly designate one group as lower level or another group as higher level. Instead, I put a colored post-it note on each student’s desk and they go to the group with their color post-it. I also make sure to change up the groups depending on the skill we are targeting since some of my students are extremely strong readers but struggle with an aspect of writing, grammar or vocabulary.

Hopefully, this is a strategy other teachers can employ when attempting to differentiate instruction or practice in a class with a wide range of skill levels.

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12 Responses to One Stop Differentiated Station Rotation

  1. Tris Wenker says:

    I’m curious about your training – especially as it applies to blended learning, rotation, and StudySync. Do you have a current schedule of seminars? Or are you available for hire by my district? I’d love to learn more.

    • Hi Tris,

      Yes, I travel frequently to train teachers on blended learning and technology integration. I just sent you an email in response to this question, so you have my information if you want to share it with your district.


      • Erica Ricci says:

        Hi Ms. Tucker,

        I was wondering you could give me a little more insight on how exactly you create the one stop differentiated station. About how many tasks do you assign? I am trying to create one by having my student analyze different documents and the final product being a thesis drive 5 paragraph essay. So I am just curious if you could provide a little more explanation on how you accomplish this type of station.

        • Hi Erica,

          The one-stop-differentiated station rotation is designed to allow students to visit the station this is appropriate for their skill level. Instead of circulating through several stations, they go to one that targets their skill/ability level. So in your example, each station would have documents at different reading levels/difficulty levels. Students would go to one station and engage with those documents. Then they would use that information to write their 5 paragraph essays.


  2. James says:

    N ice blog share love to read about the blended learning and technology integration.

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    I am a Biology teacher from Pakistan. I was wondering if I could get your book in pdf format (any one).

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