Silicon Schools Fund and Clayton Christensen Institute
Course: Silicon Schools Fund and Clayton Christensen Institute > Unit 1Lesson 2: Four different blended learning models
The station rotation model
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- Who is the paraprofessional mentioned in the diagram at :58 and what is their role?(4 votes)
- I would like to discuss objective mastery and data monitoring to set up differentiated instruction.(1 vote)
- Based on the definition, all students should participate in all stations. If students went to specific stations based on their needs and not necessarily all stations, would it still be considered a station rotation model?(3 votes)
- It's like college, if you spend more time in labs rather than in theory lecture do you not go to class and not gain education? I think it's just based on what education model you use and see fit. They should at least try though and find out what fits for themselves. It's based on what the school offers, not what the students are actually learning from. Feedback data is key here.(3 votes)
- I am incorporating blended learning next year in my 7th grade Language Arts classroom; however, I am only going to have about a 50 minute block of time. Do you think a 3 station rotation will work with this type of time limit?(2 votes)
- Still having trouble and thinking this will not work as soon as the students start growing a little bit more. Especially in a one room setting. Do you have any experiences that negates my opinion?(2 votes)
- different groups are working at the same place same time(stations) , how could they focus each on what they are working on , without being disturbed by other groups ?(2 votes)
- To me a simplistic view of the Station Rotation Model is learning centers in Pre-K. Sure there will be some noise but it will be "learning" noise. if students are engaged, they won't notice the distractions in the other center. If they aren't engaged, then the facilitator needs to rethink the lessons are assignments in the different stations.(1 vote)
- does anyone else think the station rotation model looks nearly identical to cross-fit training? i heart inter-activity communication!(2 votes)
- As a teacher, I would like to know if anyone has tips for implementation? Currently I am doing a whole group lesson, then working with one group on the problem set that goes with the lesson while the other group works on specific skills in Khan, then we switch. This takes the whole 90 minute math period. Am I doing the station rotation model correctly, or is there supposed to be another station where students work with manipulatives or on a collaborative project? If so, how do I fit that in?(2 votes)
- Is this model effective with a class of 2-4 students? Suggestions how to modify this model with a small class?(1 vote)
- Students can grasp quickly with this method?(1 vote)
- It seems that is so... But I believe Teachers, as facilitators of learning, in this method, must be fully trained to foresee the needs of the students and pupils under his/her care... I am quite interested in the methods presented.(1 vote)
So, let's dive in to the first model, the station rotation model. Take a moment to read the definition. In a station rotation model, as we've said, students are rotating between different stations. So here, what we see, is that some students might start with teacher-led instruction. Then, they move to collaborative activities and stations. Basically projects with other students. And then they move, once again, to that time when they're actually working on the computers and online learning. So, our first protagonist school is KIPP LA. And we're visiting a school called KIPP Comienza Prep that was founded in 2010 by their founding principal, Margarita Florez. This school is super interesting because they used a station rotation model as a core part of their educational model. Essentially, for two different 75 minute blocks, students have rotations within their classrooms to go after their "holy grail," which is all about small group instructional time with one teacher with a small group of students. In that time, they can make fascinating gains on students' comprehension and math skills, while other students in the classroom doing online learning to develop some new skills to practice old ideas. This school is a very typical urban elementary school in Los Angeles Unified School District. It's over 90% Latino and free-reduced lunch students, and they have some of the highest test scores in the state of California in just their first few years of being in their existence. Among the many things that KIPP LA does well in the strategies they use, they're zoning in on blended learning as a key change strategy to get out-of-the-box results.