When you start stations, first keep the tasks simple!
When you start stations, build them over time!
When you start stations, keep the activities predictable!
When students know the structure of an activity, then you can change the content they are working with. As the year progresses, the complexity will go up.
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When you start stations, building Independence is KEY!
Set high expectations
I will advise you to NOT put 10 new and different stations out at one time. You will lose your mind. If you look at my plans you will see they build over time. Students can listen to about 2 new station introductions a day… that’s it! AND… if they are not going to that station for several days, I know I will need to touch base with them so they are doing the task as designed.Generally, I introduce a few stations on Monday, then a few more on Wednesday…
This time is important. Getting routines in place are important. I know small group instruction starts around the 3-4th week of school, so how I introduce stations is important. They must be independent.
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That is how I start stations in kindergarten!