By Samantha Casey
For this blog post I’m going to focus on some of the advantages and disadvantages of teaching using the station rotation model. Two of the advantages I have had so far with station rotation is: more one on one time with students, student engagement, and student creativity. The students in my class look forward to having small group time. I’ve noticed that they are more focused when we do small group rotations. Station rotation has also allowed me to spend more time with the students who need extra help. For example, I am able to give my lower reading group extra time to read and discuss the story of the week. It has benefited them greatly to have this additional time in a smaller setting. Station rotation has also allowed for flexibility. I have moved students to different groups depending on their knowledge and strength of a particular topic. Station rotation has also allowed students to be more creative by using different technology applications. I had students create an adobe voice video on why recycling is important. They completed this project during one of our language arts rotations. The students loved completing this project on adobe voice because they were able to express their beliefs about recycling in a creative format and it also related to their persuasive essays.There are many advantages of the station rotation model, but there are also some disadvantages. Some of the disadvantages I have experienced with station rotation are failing technology, distractions, and elevated noise levels.Unfortunately, there have been times when iPad applications haven’t worked properly or updates have interrupted an activity on an iPad during a rotation. time this has happened, the student has had to leave the iPad station to come ask me something while I’ve been working with my group. I have also had instances where students have been distracted while at the iPad station. There have been times where they have been off task because it is the independent station that isn’t led by a teacher or paraeducator. Lastly, another issue I have encountered is the noise level in the classroom and noise level while transitioning from station to station. Overall, I would recommend station rotation to teachers, but I do know that there are some disadvantageses to it.
Samantha Casey is a fourth-grade teacher in Santa Clara, CA. She has taught using the blended learning model in education for two years.