Instructional Practice

Effective Practices

Workstations

PL-3, I-1, I-3, I-4, I-5, I-8, I-10

Description

Alerts

Workstations should only be used when students are ready for independent practice or are reviewing/reinforcing material that has already been introduced and modeled.

Quick Tips

Incorporate technology and/or novelty in workstations to enhance student engagement.

Consider having students help in the creation of activities in the workstations and/or procedures to promote a sense of ownership.

Remember to keep groups flexible so that students have an opportunity to work with a variety of classmates.

 

Resources

Setting Up Centers/Stations

Literacy Workstations

Research

Other Strategies

Station Rotation

Station Rotation allows students to rotate around the classroom in small groups as they stop at various stations to engage in activities that correlate with the objective.  Unlike workstations that may have activities that cover content from different subject areas, Station Rotation assignments relate to a similar subject area/content.

Mobile Workstations

Mobile Workstations can be a bucket, basket, folder, and/or envelope with the materials and activities inside.  Students can simply move the container to their desk to work.

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