Learning stationsIntroducing an innovative tool for teachers
I am competent• I am able to work out a sum, a probability,….. I can measure a length…• I am able to find mathematical models for new situations and to develop a logical argumentation• I like solving problems and I like to check given statements and solutions• I am confident and my attitude is positive
Which training tools can help teachers to achieve these goals ?
Tasks of teachers• Selection of tasks fit for the group of learners• Providing example solutions• Structuring the lesson• Organising the work of the pupils• Organising the presentation of results• Helping• Encouraging• Assessing the progress and achievement of pupils
Good things about learning stations• They are adaptable to nearly any topic and any size group• They keep students actively motivated and involved• They encourage and develop communication• They can boost confidence in learners
How does it work ?• Set up 4-6 stations – each offers different opportunities to learn within the area of one topic• Give a time span for the work at the stations• Pupils can work together in a small group , in pairs or by themselves• There can be compulsory stations and optional stations where pupils have a choice
Decisions Decisions• Decide upon the topic• Decide about the number of learning stations• Decide what kind of activity will be at each station – try to adress all senses and provide for all abilities• Decide the time for each station by taking the average length of all stations
Let us look at an example
The “TOMINI” ProblemOnce there were two friends – Giovanni and Luca – who went out to the river bank for a picnic.Giovanni brought 5 tomini and Luca brought 3 tomini. A stranger came along and asked themkindly to let him join the party. To express his thanks the stranger left 8 soldi and said goodbye.Giovanni suggested that he should get 5 soldi and Luca should get 3 soldi. Luca was cross with hisfriend and suggested that they should get 4 soldi each.Find a mathematical solution and make notes of your considerations. You must convince bothGiovanni and Luca of the solution so that they don’t end up in a fist fight !Discuss whether your solution is fair.
Logistics for the teacher• Start with talking about the learning stations• Clarify the task in detail assisted by handing out a tracking sheet and inform about the available time span• Take a walk around the arranged stations• Provide help in a central location• Allow time for preparing presentations of the solutions• Discuss the experience and ask for feedback
Summary of Benefits• Learners are motivated and active• They enjoy different types of activities• They communicate with each other• They enjoy presenting results• The teacher is free to help individually• Space for more……..