Small group instruction is a critical time to carefully plan for in every classroom. This time can be the most beneficial for students, allowing the following behaviors:
• Individualized help from the teacher
• Collaborative time working with other students
• Time to talk with peers about subject-specific activities the teacher has provided for practice
• Opportunities for students to gain leadership skills by helping others
Too often teachers avoid small group centers/stations because of the challenge of classroom management. This resource can help with that challenge.
This packet provides you with two tools to be used for effective classroom management during center or station time. The first tool is a set of table labels to be displayed on each group of desks or a table designated as the center/station. These labels may also be used if student cubbies or storage areas are available. The station label can coordinate with the cubby label for ease in organizing students and their supplies.
The second tool is a checklist numbered 1-20. Divide your classroom into learning center/stations where students will work together over the course of several days to a couple of weeks. This checklist gives you 20 opportunities to recognize positive group behaviors within each group. Simply highlight a number each time you recognize the table group for a positive behavior. And be sure to reward the group that reaches 20 first!
Possible behaviors include:
• Working together toward completion of the task
• Sharing ideas and materials properly
• Using appropriate voice levels during station time