The concept of station rotation in the classroom is something that has been around for a while, and has been typically associated with the elementary classroom. The basic concept around station rotation is that students progress through a variety of “stations” during a set amount of time, and can be engaged in direct instruction, independent work, games, online work, and more. Clearly, none of these activities or segments are specific to the elementary classroom, and furthermore are not restricted to being done “in-person” only. Station rotations at all levels and subject areas are a fantastic way to keep students engaged and provide opportunities for teachers to get a variety of levels of feedback from students throughout their time together.
Check in/Check out
Use your time as a whole group to check in and/or out with your students by using a Google Slide in combination with Pear Deck. You can present information that is relevant to the whole class, embed open ended questions to help guide discussions, and embed questions, resources, and links that all of your students can respond to whether they are online or in person.
Traditional direct instruction is live and in person – generally a “lecture” type format. For hybrid instruction, this would actually be done best with a recorded video (I recommend making use of Edpuzzle to do this). This allows the teacher the flexibility to interact with smaller groups of students, provide support, and address individual issues and questions.
Students working independently can focus on individual assigned practice, editing already submitted work, complete individual tasks within group projects, and more. Students both in school and online have access to all the tools they are used to when completing their work. BONUS – Teachers can create a Padlet or share a Jamboard where students can post questions or needs that can be addressed by the teacher later.
Group online and in person students together! Having in person and online students working together can provide more of a sense of “normalcy” especially for those students at home. By purposefully mixing both groups of students, you are creating greater varieties of student interaction that would normally occur naturally in school. It also gives at-home students easier accessibility to classroom materials via the students who are at home.
Reinforcement, Practice, and Review
There are so many possibilities to reinforce, practice, and review content, giving teachers valuable information about student understanding and students the ability to practice and grow. There are many tools available within the LMS, as well as related sites and tools for ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Related Arts subjects.
Working with Small Groups
Working with small, mixed groups can be a breeze using video conferencing tools like Zoom and Google Meet. It can be especially effective in combination with online whiteboard tools like Jamboard and whiteboard.io as well as with collaborative features available in Google Docs. Teachers and students can share their screens in small groups to dive into a concept, explain thinking, and share a process, to name a few.