Station Rotation at Ahtanum Valley Elementary is Proving to be an Effective Teaching Practice
Students don’t learn at the same pace or in the same way. Station rotations allow for students to take ownership of their learning. It also allows them to have differentiated instruction and support scaffolds built into their small groups. Teachers get to provide targeted and close teaching to their small groups. Some students need extra explaining, but some kids are ready to be pushed.
Many classes at Ahtanum Elementary are using stations and/or station rotations to accelerate students learning. Many classes are seeing great growth results on the iReady and Imagine Learning assessments as they have been using this effective teaching practice. Mrs. DiAntonio (First Grade) is using a fun and engaging technology (BeeBot) to help some students in her class understand how to read a clock. There are small groups and partnerships throughout the room engaging in games, practice assessments or online learning.
Principal Nick Hartman says, “It takes a TON of work by our teachers to prepare multiple lessons at a time, train students on how to behave independently, and build scaffolds for their students – but they’re worth it!!”