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Station Rotation

Station Rotation is the most common choice for blended programs currently.  For the station rotation model, students rotate between learning modalities, one being online or digital learning. This rotation can be fixed ahead of time, or based on teacher discretion.  Station Rotation is flexible for teachers; they can choose the right station to fit their needs in the classroom. 
For station rotation to have success, teachers will need to set up rock-solid, clear, disciplined procedures to save time moving between stations, as well as managing student use of Chromebooks. Setting up clear school-wide procedures will go a long way to ensuring effective use of technology in the station-rotation model.

Take a look at Alliance BLAST's "Pick 6" for teachers for examples of how station rotation can look in a classroom:
Identifying one or two models for a grade-level can streamline procedures and maximize effectiveness of the model. 

  • VIDEO 1: Alliance's Station Rotation model in action, providing students with the same material in three different ways. (Skip to 1:40)

  • VIDEO 2: Aspire uses Station Rotation to differentiate instruction.

  • VIDEO 3: Mission Delores Academy in San Francisco personalizing learning. (Good overview of how blended looks for teachers.)
  • VIDEO 4: Rocketship explains their station-rotation model


One of the most common examples of the Station Rotation model is READ 180. Here is an excerpt from the book 
Blended explaining how it works:

“The READ 180 system, which targets students from elementary through high school whose reading achievement is below proficiency, directs classroom teachers to begin and end each class session with a whole-group discussion that engages the entire class. In between, students break into groups and rotate through three stations:
  1. Small-group direct instruction, in which the teacher uses resource books and works closely with individual students
  2. Individual learning, using READ 180 software to practice reading skills
  3. Modeled and independent reading, in which students use READ 180 paperbacks or audio books”
Excerpt From: Michael B. Horn, Heather Staker & Clayton M. Christensen. “Blended.” iBooks.