In selecting to download this free instructional strategy you are ensuring your students are actively and cognitively involved in the learning process in your classroom. You may have experienced the frustration of students actively disengaged - chatting, texting, totally removed from the topic of classroom instruction - or passively disengaged, sitting quietly following you with their eyes while their thoughts and minds are miles away. We know that student achievement is best accomplished through active participation and deep cognitive engagement providing evidence of what they are thinking and what they have learned through the instructional process. This strategy – Chat Stations – is one strategy included in our Student Engagement series of resources. The Chat Station activity allows groups of students to rotate through 6 stations. At each station a critical thinking question will be posted for group discussion. After discussing the question, the group reaches consensus on a response and each student records the response on their worksheet. This activity can be used to activate prior knowledge or review main concepts presented during instruction. Chat stations incorporates three strategies proven, as research by Robert Marzano indicates, to increase student engagement - cooperative learning, movement, and student discussion.
Group responses recorded can be the basis for a whole-class discussion as a culminating step.
This activity is presented with fonts and graphics attractive to middle schoolers and includes:
TEACHER INTRODUCTION PAGES
• A basic description providing an overview of the activity
• A step-by-step list of the procedures used in the strategy to guide teachers through implementation
• All materials needed to complete the strategy
• Editable text
STUDENT INFORMATION PAGES
• Clear instructions to guide completion of the strategy
• Student worksheets to record responses after group discussion