We are wrapping up our How-To for Teachers series this week, and I'm excited to bring you a tutorial on a topic that was a crucial part of my classroom as well as one that I think you'll like to start incorporate no matter what level you teach.
Often times stations, or centers, are underrated and underused the higher up in grade level you go. I think this is a super disservice to teachers because the possibilities are awesome.
First, it's important to explain the set up a bit and how I used stations in my classroom.
When I first implemented stations in my high school (AP Psychology, juniors and seniors) classroom, I heard moans and groans very quickly about how I was making them move about the room. After resisting their complaining, I realized that having about 25-30 moving bodies (rather large, adult bodies at that) in my room wasn't a great cost to reward ratio. Too much time was taken up by the transitions and there really was no point to it...
Even as a high school teacher, providing guided notes to my students is always something I have done. I do NOT remember that being a tool I was given as a student, and I never thought I would like or appreciate giving students that type of scaffolding as a teacher, but it has been something I've done since day ONE of teaching.
When I first started, I probably couldn't even tell you why I did - it was probably a control thing. I wanted to control exactly what they got out of the slides I worked so hard to create. But as I progressed in my career I realized students appreciated these notes, and not just students who truly needed the accommodation, but almost all students.
Students appreciated the structure of guided notes because,