Creating Fun Stations in the Middle School ELA Classroom!
Help me give my students differentiated learning by working in stations! My students will love the color-coded bins, trays, and dry erase boards that will create efficiently organized stations so they can attack multiple skills at once!
As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Many of them are recent immigrants and they don’t have much motivation to go to school. When we read in class, I can see a spark in their eyes as they make connections to the main character and as they realize the struggles these characters face are not unlike their own.
I try to decorate my classroom in bright colors that are welcoming and incorporate a variety of engaging activities to enhance student learning and motivation.
On any given day my students have multiple opportunities to be entered into weekly raffles, prizes, or even win something as simple as candy, as they work both individually and as a team to inch closer toward a class party! Although I know my students struggle with their home life, I’ve seen an increase in attendance this year because they have finally begun to realize that they actually miss out when they’re not in class!
The items I have meticulously chosen are bright and colorful bins and baskets that will hold each station's materials on a weekly basis and will help jazz up how dull reading comprehension skills can sometimes appear to a student. The efficiently organized system of stations will encourage my middle schoolers to sharpen their skills, because they will be reinforcing key skills I will have them target at each station. In an age where technology rules above all else, I want them to have opportunities to interact with texts which can offer rich characters and concrete life lessons. That is where station work comes into play!
The first time I introduced stations in my classroom, I could see the excitement even in my most reluctant learners' eyes and I just knew there was a way to make it a permanent fixture in my room!
It was at this moment that the idea for this project was born, and I knew I needed help to make this a reality!
I've already started planning the stations, and intend to include several which incorporate multimedia as well! Some stations will have students playing vocabulary games, and others sorting evidence or putting cut up paragraphs back in order. I'm confident that these stations will transform my classroom into a more vibrant one. The best part is, students will be learning without even realizing it. Shhh!! That's our little secret!
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