Methods and Strategies: Inventive Learning Stationsby: Olga Jarrett

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Learning stations can be used for myriad purposes—to teach concepts, integrate subject matter, build interest, and allow for inquiry—the possibilities are limited only by the imagination of the teacher and the supplies available. In this article, the author shares suggestions and a checklist for setting up successful learning stations. In addition, a series of learning stations on inventions used in the author’s own classroom is included.

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  • on Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:19 PM

Love the list included providing the highlights of an effective station setup and experience. I've yet to become a teacher, but these straight-forward tips that are so simple to understand and execute make it seem like more fun to observe and less like work.

Felicia Montero
Felicia Montero

  • on Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:40 AM

This article states..." Learning stations can be used for myriad purposes—to teach concepts, integrate subject matter, build interest, and allow for inquiry—" This is certainly true and the author of this article has a detailed list for teachers to use. She also gives a thorough discussion of how to set up and use learning stations, also called learning centers.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:40 AM

This article explains the benefits of learning stations as well as provides a helpful checklist of twelve suggestions that make any learning station an engaging and useful learning experience. The author also includes helpful information about managing learning centers as well as assessing student learning. This information although presented for elementary classrooms is also very useful for middle school teachers as well.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:15 PM

This article gave great ideas for implementing classroom stations. The article also gave tips for classroom management and station assessments. This is a really good article if you are considering using stations in your science classroom

LeRoy A
LeRoy A

  • on Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:27 PM

Provides valuable methods for teachers to incorporate hands-on science in busy classrooms. Teacher checklist is very valuable as are the methods of assessment.

Kendra Young  (Lake Stevens, WA)
Kendra Young (Lake Stevens, WA)

  • on Wed May 18, 2011 9:37 PM

The author outlines her steps for successfully using learning stations in her classroom. The learning stations she describes are very similar to what many primary teachers refer to as "centers". If you are new to this type of instructional model in the classroom, this article provides a lot of good tips for the management of this type of set up as well as what types of activities work well in this environment. I liked her idea of having books available at every station for students who finish early. She also advocates the use of journals instead of worksheets so students are able to record more detail. I think if you are going to have students journal, you need to make sure you have spent time in class devoted to what things to include in a good journal entry so your students are making meaning of what they are experiencing.

Kate  (Louisville, CO)
Kate (Louisville, CO)

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