Planning a Station Rotation for Your English Classroom

“What are students doing in the stations that are not the teacher-led station?” I field a lot of questions like this. Teachers want to know what types of activities I incorporate into station rotation lessons.

Since my teaching experience is in English, I wanted to share some of my favorite station ideas to inspire teachers who are flirting with the idea of trying the station rotation model. For those teachers who are already using the station rotation model, I hope you can add these ideas to your rotations to keep kids interested and engaged.

The goal of any station rotation design should be to balance the various elements in the lesson.

  • Online vs. offline
  • Individual tasks vs. collaborative tasks
  • Teacher talk vs. student talk
  • Teacher direction vs. student agency
  • Teacher feedback vs. peer feedback
  • Teacher assessment vs. self-assessment

Too often I see stations that do not balance these elements, and students are left to work in isolation. The more teachers build student choice and voice into their station design, the more likely students are to engage in the tasks at the various stations.

If you have favorite station activities and tasks you use in your English classroom, please post a comment and share them here!

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4 Responses to Planning a Station Rotation for Your English Classroom

  1. Lu Martinez says:

    Hi. Have a few questions you might be able to shine light on with your insight. Specifically around offline stations and the ‘need’ for them as balance.

  2. Theresa Osani says:

    Can you tell me the differences in your Blended Learning books? I would like my school to purchase one for me but they will only get one book. Which book would be most applicable for 5th and 6th grader English classes?

    • Hi Theresa,

      Blended Learning in Action is good if you are just getting started with blended learning and want to explore the various models and explore issues related to transitioning to blended learning from traditional instruction (e.g., onboarding students to technology and designing lessons). If you want a book that is entirely English focused, I would recommend Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology even if you are not in a state that adopted or modified the Common Core. It is organized into reading, writing, language/grammar, and speaking and listening with ideas for using technology to develop those various skills. If you are already using blended learning models and want to move to the next level to integrate metacognitive skill building and use the models to move feedback and assessment into the classroom then I would suggest pre-ordering Balance with Blended Learning coming out in late January.


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