Teachers vs Zombies Station Rotation – An Introduction

Teachers vs Zombies Station Rotation – An Introduction

When utilizing station-rotation blended learning in my classes, I modify the stations suggested by the Clayton Christensen Institute (see image below).

Station-Rotation Model - Clayton Christensen Institute

In my version of the rotations, I add an additional online instruction station.  At first, this may seem to create more zombies in the classroom, but it actually helps to create a quieter environment that supports two simultaneous small group activities.  Additionally, I use the extra station to incorporate individual lessons.  I teach English, so I often use this station for writing, graphic organizers, and individual reading.  However, I have heard that it can be used for meaningful activities in different subject areas, such as math skills and lab reports.

I call my stations Headphones, Teacher, Team, and Keyboard. These labels remind me to plan two zombieproof stations of face-to-face interactions and two zombie stations of students working at their own pace using Chromebooks.  As a bonus, the students at the Headphones and Keyboard stations can both wear headphones, which keeps the classroom noise at a reasonable level.  Also, when possible, physically place each station in the order shown below. This places the two noisy stations in opposite corners of the room and gives the teacher a direct view of the Team station.     

Teachers vs Zombies Station-Rotation Blended Learning Model

This system helps to support station-rotation blended learning in classrooms of varying size and subject areas. I hope it will be useful in your classroom.

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