Station rotation promotes a personalized learning approach to math, and it is a new world for both teachers and students.
At Easton Middle School, sixth grade students in Jen Goodyear’s double period math class work by themselves, quietly listening to simple equations on headphones that they complete on iPads. Another group solves the problem of getting a pingpong ball to levitate with only paper clips, a straw, and tape, And at the front, Goodyear is instructing students about a video about decimals, which they will watch on iPads. She explains the concepts, and looks at student notes, offering feedback and corrections.
The setup is called station rotation, or station learning. The district is piloting this new way of teaching in some math classes in middle school. Students who need the most help have a double period.
Goodyear has long practiced technology in the classroom. She learned this past summer how apps and programs could help with station rotation, at training held at Keystone Technology Innovators. 100 teachers spent a week learning how computers and tablets could be incorporated into the classroom.
“The kids, they love it,” she said. “It makes them more excited and it makes them want to come to class and learn and understand why they’re doing the math.” Some of the online teaching programs she is integrating into her classroom include Pear Deck, enabling questions and answers in real time, Padlet, which is an assessment tool, and Kahoot, a learning platform which is game based. In addition, she uses Google Classroom for organizing assignments, syllabuses, and information.