Monday, September 5, 2016

Module 4: Learning Stations Support

Learning stations works very well when you want your learners to learn different skills and topics relating to a central theme in a hands-on engaged way. So basically you will take your Caps theme for the day and identify different things that they can learn successively. This strategy is also really great to do revision with. Make sure that the station topics do not need to follow on one another as groups start at different stations.

The learners are supplied at the onset with a worksheet (or google form) that has to be completed individually during the course of the learning station journey. The fact that they are moving between the stations as a group must be stressed is so that they have to help one another! You can also tell them that they will be doing an exit test to make sure that they pay attention at every station.

For example: 

  1. Maths: Functions 
    Station 1: A video explaining what a function is and they have to come up with some examples
    Station 2: Identifying functions (Video and a testmoz self marking quiz where they have to identify functions
    Station 3: Solving functions (video and apps)
    Station 4: Drawing function with a graphing calculator (apps Algeo Graphing calculator, Functions)
  2. Grade 3 Lifeskills: Religious & Other Special Days
    Each station represent a different day where they have to find out what the day is all about. Leave stuff there for them to dress up with (selfie time) with guiding questions about the day. How would you celebrate the day? (Resources: videos, magazines, app: International special days)
For more examples see the "Doing it differently" section in your Course manual

You always have to do a lesson plan with a brief explanation of what your lesson is about. (Preferred App: Memoires). You need to create station activities by completing the design grid for at least 4 stations. Make sure that your stations activities adhere to the criteria alongside.

You have to provide me with your design grid (upload to your Module 4 Google drive folder), It can also be a photo of your hand written design grid. You also have to take a photo of each of the stations before the learners arrive to do their stations and upload that to your Google drive folder as well.

You will need to create an evaluation form (see above criteria evaluation form) but it can also be an assessment (Google form/Testmoz self marking test) to check if the learners understood the topic. They can do this at home or they can send you their completed worksheets electronically (a photo if they wrote it down).

Remember to take and submit a photo of the learners busy at each station. You can take a little video if you want and tweet that! (See twitter badge)

Any other questions or if you want to bounce any ideas of me, please submit as a comment below so that we can all learn from each other.

I will be using a badging rubric to evaluate the main badges. The idea is to get some idea of the level of implementation and to identify lessons that would be great for teachers awards. You must achieve at least a level 2 in order to qualify for the applicable badge. The rubric can be downloaded form here:

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