Learning Station Success
Each year, I set up and maintain five workstations: computer, listening, spelling, writing and phonics. I stock the stations with online computer reading activities, writing prompts, graphic organizers and Really Good Stuff® learning games. I change the activities in the stations on a weekly, unit or monthly basis.
Each morning, students put yesterday’s station number on their desk and walk to get their new number. (I pre-choose partners to ensure working compatibility.) Students spend 30 minutes per week at each center with a partner, during which time I conduct small reading groups. I also give a behavior ticket to one station’s workers each day to encourage positive workstation habits. It’s a successful approach that’s worked for me for years!
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