Workstations are designated areas in the classroom where students work alone or with a partner/group using instructional materials to explore, practice, and expand their learning. Workstations can provide an opportunity to assess students’ mastery of different components within the same objective and establish a routine of differentiation for students with various instructional levels, interests, or learning styles. When workstations are managed effectively, students are aware of behavioral expectations and academic responsibilities.
- Determine the objective(s) that will be reinforced in each workstation and the outcomes and activities for each workstation.
- Create differentiated activities and procedures for students to follow in each workstation.
- Organize resources and materials that will be used in each workstation based on the grouping of students and the rotation schedule.
- Prepare an assessment or determine an end product that will gauge students’ mastery of the concepts for each workstation.
- Create time and behavior management procedures and expectations.
- Model procedures and expectations, and allow time for students to practice.