I had a great time doing stations the past two days. The absolute best part for me was the station where I sat with each group and just conversed. It was really fun and I definitely got a feel for who is really on their game and who needs a little bit of help.
The listening stations were GREAT! The only minor problem was the audio book CD station took 9 minutes and the other stations tended to go more quickly. I will try more carefully to balance out the times. The kids really liked the 2 music stations.
The describing the scenes station was good but needed some accountability. I tried having them record but ran into a few glitches. I need to think about that one some more.
Bananagrams station was a lot of fun but some groups were more into it than others. I might offer a choice of a couple of different games. I really want to get a Jenga game to make into an activity center! (I saw a cool idea on pinterest…more later!)
The cognate station was also good, but again, could have used some accountability.
Next time I will have groups rotate IN ORDER and set a timer. By the end there were a couple of groups who didn’t get into certain stations because there was no order to the whole thing.
I ended up putting out an Apples to Apples game in Spanish as an extra “bonus” station. They actually played it! I will use games more for sure next time!
All in all it was a success and will definitely be revisited in many forms in the future!
Do you have access to iPads?
No, I wish! I just have my own personal ipad which I use at school also.
Do the students come with cell phones or have access to technology? If so, you could have them record a voice memo (conversation station) and share with you; take a picture of their words formed in Bananagrams, or do screen shots. I’ve done this with stations, and it’s an easy way for you to check accountability.
I actually did start out having them take photos but they seemed to be doing ok so I let it slide. Mistake! Also I was having them record their voices too but it was taking way too long so I need a way of streamlining that. Setting a timer would help!