SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE

PUBLISHED ON 2/4/16 ISSUE NO. 6

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When we think of stations, we typically think of elementary schools. A staple found in almost every k-3 classroom but less as we move up through the grades. They become endangered by middle school and seem even extinct by high school. Surely, all teachers value student choice, engagement, content variety, student collaboration, and small teacher-student interactions. So why the decline in use? Some reasons include time, so much content to cover, space and student behavior. The two models described below require a focus on planning, content knowledge and standards. Stations elevate the role of the teacher to the facilitator, lesson designer and content supporter. Using these frequently creates a culture of collaboration and student accountability in the classroom. So let's examine stations, can they be a valuable learning tool in the upper grades?
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