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Development of learning stations enhances comprehension by utilizing a hands-on approach to the learning process.


Teachers may create learning stations, providing students the opportunity to recreate a real life situation. Stations enhance learning by ‘virtually’ allowing students to apply skills in practical applications, thereby making the educational activity more relevant.


To develop a hands-on lesson, teachers incorporate life experiences and practical application of the skills needed to solve the problem being replicated in the station. Whenever possible, the station should be organized with the materials that would potentially be used in a real life situation. Example: a bicycle set on a stationary trainer to simulate overland travel. The lesson objective has students figuring fitness levels before/after a two -minute bicycle ‘ride’.

In whole group instruction, individual groups of two or three may participate at the station, conducting the activity while the rest of the class is involved in teacher guided instruction pertaining to the activity. The rest of the class rotates by groups until every student has had the opportunity to complete the activity.
The use of several stations simultaneously requires a bit more planning, however is an effective teaching method. Student groups of two, with as many as five participants, allow on task learning by the group. Groups should be divided by an assortment of ability and learning levels. Close monitoring by the teacher will control dominate student behaviors so that each student within the group will be a contributing member, taking ownership of the project.

Time set aside for student participation at each station will be determined by the number in each group and the number of stations that each group will visit. Preferably, students will rotate every twenty minutes. This encourages the group to complete each task, document information as needed, then be ready to move on when time is called.


Student groups facilitate the learning process by allowing students to process feedback from their peers, while providing a secure environment for student feedback within the group. Discussions center around everyone being on task and contributing to the problem solving needed to complete the task at each station.
After the rotation of the stations is complete, guided whole group discussion of the methods used to problem solve are brought to the class. Feedback from each group encourages participants to share, while the teacher checks for understanding by individual questioning.


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