Station Rotation Classroom Strategy : Differentiating instructions to reach all students in class

By: Admin 27 March, 2018

In this short video at the Highlander charter school, the school leader and teacher explain the implementation of a differentiating strategy called "Station Rotation Model", which helps them to reach out to each individual inside the classroom. A proven tool for the teacher to identify the strengths of each pupil and carve learning paths for each one accordingly.


Station Rotation Model in Practice


The Station Rotation Model does exactly what the name suggests–students rotate through learning stations either on a fixed schedule or at the teacher’s discretion. At least one of the stations must be an online learning station for this to be considered a blended learning model.


Learning stations are not a new concept in education, so this is an easy model for teachers who are shifting from a traditional teaching model to a blended learning model. Teachers can use this model within a traditional classroom setting by simply breaking students into small groups and having them rotate through different stations set up around the classroom or rotating the whole class through a series of learning activities.
It is helpful to sketch out stations on paper and ask yourself the following questions:
  1. What is the objective of each station? Will students produce something?
  2. How much time do students need in each station? How long will they have to transition between stations?
  3. What materials do they need in each station? How many devices are needed for the online learning stations? Do they need any special programs, apps, or software?
  4. What will be the cue for them to transition to the next station?
  5. Will directions be frontloaded, provided in written form at each station, or presented via mini-video tutorial at each station?



As a teacher, it takes more time to plan this style of a lesson; however, the benefits far exceed the challenges. It helps a lot to work with the small groups and provide real-time feedback, answer questions, lend support, or direct students to an online resource. Students also enjoy the freedom they have as learners in this model. Teachers need not hover over them or control the pace of their learning. Students drive the learning, which is much more powerful for them.
A teacher does not have to use the Station Rotation Model for every lesson, but it is an easy way to explore the benefits of blending online work with face-to-face interactions to create smaller learning communities that are student-centered
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Video source - Edutopia