background preloader

Small groups and Stations

Facebook Twitter

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. They do need support during the design process, which is why having a template is helpful. Ideas for planning Small Group Instruction | TWO WRITING TEACHERS. Ideas for planning Small Group Instruction Small Group Instruction At this point in the year, many of us have gotten a sense of our students as writers, and we can begin to see common strengths and growth opportunities.

It’s a time when small group instruction becomes an effective tool for maximizing instruction since minutes are precious. Small group instruction is highly effective when a group of students will all benefit from instruction on a specific skill. Groups of 3 to 4 students can be formed based on common strengths or weaknesses as determined by student writing or some other form of assessment.

Students can be brought together while the rest of the class is working independently, and the teacher should be clear about the reason for bringing them together. A question I frequently encounter is around how to form groups. Some ways to form groups: Do a quick sort of student writing and ask yourself what teaching point would help these students? 2. 3. Like this: Like Loading... Related.