Having classroom stations or centers is a common way of setting up a space in a lower school classroom. These stations tend to be geared toward a particular kind of content or skill set. Students learn about the operation of the classroom and how to interact with and learn at these stations. In various ways, stations often evolve over the course of a school year. Students rotate through these stations regularly. These rotations often include smaller group or 1:1 interaction with an adult facilitator/teacher. I have been spending more time in lower school classrooms lately (as a parent and designer/educator), and I have gotten to see some great stations and rotations.
What if middle and upper school classrooms made more robust and frequent use of a station/rotation model?
The Curve gives us the opportunity to set up various stations and rotations. There is plenty of space and lots of flexible furniture. I do not avail myself of this opportunity often enough. I am wondering what would happen if upper and middle school teachers identified the most common modes of skill development and content delivery in their teaching. Then, what would happen if they set up the room with stations for the most common modes? How might we afford middle and upper school students more opportunities to move and to choose? How might we afford middle and upper school teachers more opportunities for 1:1 and small group interactions with their students?