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Personalizing the Station Rotation recipe

The Christensen Institute

When Education Elements partnered with Bella Romero for the 2015–16 school year, Jones and her cohort of elementary teachers launched blended learning with a uniform approach: a Station Rotation model using the online math curriculum Zearn, the online adaptive reading assessment i-Ready, and the online reading and writing curriculum tool Achieve3000. Education Elements exposed us to a lot of different ways, but I remember feeling, ‘Please just tell me what to do.’”.

SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class

Edsurge

As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. This allows us to meet as a whole group for a 20-30 minute math and science mini-lesson at the beginning of the period, before dividing the students into small groups for the rest of class. Throughout the year, we set aside weekly time to meet and develop lessons and hands-on activities. They both worked with Education Elements to make smath a reality. .

A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning

Edsurge

In 2017, I began a new position as the director of personalized learning at a public charter school serving students in grades 7-12 in Phoenix. I knew the process of change should involve observing teachers, meeting with instructional coaches and communicating with administrators about what our staff needed and how they were growing. I looked at my schedule for the day—zero meetings. I decided to have one-one-one meetings with the decision-makers at my school.