Multilevel Class Management Models

Model 3. Learning Stations

Learning stations are tables set up with different activities, either within the classroom or in another nearby location. Each station focuses on a specific skill or ability level or content area, and each table is furnished with written directions as well as the necessary equipment and materials for completing the task. One or more students may work at each station at the same time while the instructor circulates among the stations to monitor and assist students. The example below represents 5 learning stations, one for each of the content areas of the GED Tests. This approach could just as easily be used for different skill areas in math (e.g., whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, ratio and proportion) or for teaching through different modalities (e.g., listen to an audio tape at one station; view a video at another station; use building blocks or other manipulatives at a third station).

Model 3

Advantages

Disadvantages

Using Learning Stations

  • Give students a choice of activities;
  • Offer a change of routine;
  • Give students the option of working alone or with others; and
  • Offer a novel way to reinforce skills previously taught.

Learning Stations can pose challenges because they

  • Require extensive preparation, materials, and space;
  • Require self-motivated learners; and
  • May not be used to introduce new material.

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