This year is a year of much change. Change in jobs, change in buildings, and changes in instructional models. Coming from third grade, the middle school is the land of the giants and I am trying to hack my way through the underbrush. As I’ve said before, baby steps! Any step forward is a step in the right direction, no matter how small.
After 3 days of intensive training this summer and a week of school under our belts, our hybrid team is looking pretty sharp. The rooms are set up for success. Materials are in place, and students are learning to navigate the three station rotations. This was no small task and without a great group of teachers and administration, it wouldn’t be possible.
I have seen amazing activities in the collaborative station. Students are working with one another to solve and complete hands-on projects. In the independent station, students are receiving instruction on their level to grow or gain insights into their learning on their own. Empowering our students to take an active lead in their learning is awesome to see. In direct instruction small groups of students are having discussions with their teacher, getting more one on one time, and eliminating distractions. I love how direct instruction goes from being a boring lecture to an intimate conversation between an educator and a handful of learners. This enables the teacher in the room to ensure all learners are getting the content being taught.
Today, students in 8th grade were working collaboratively on creating a newsletter about the safety of roller coasters for tall humans, while another group performed a webquest to research colonial America. I also saw students in the independent rotation making a 3-circled venn diagram to compare and contrast the regions of colonial America.
Way to go hybrid heroes! I look forward to more adventures in station rotation as the year progresses. Don’t forget to use those visual timers, give transition time, and use headphones during independent rotations.