The Individualized Classroom has been designed to provide assistance on the basics of implementing small groups in your classroom through the use of A2i.
The following sections will provide basic information about the individualized classroom and what teachers and students do to use A2i software as tool for targeting instruction specifically to each student’s needs.
What kinds of activities are done at the child-managed stations?
At child-managed stations, students work in small groups or independently on activities that address code- or meaning-focused concepts. Use the Literacy Minutes Manager and the Group Activity Planner to match child-managed activities with students based on their recommended child-managed minutes of code or meaning work.
What is the Teacher Managed Station?
Our research shows that teacher-managed code-focused instruction, provided in small groups, is ten times more effective than whole class code-focused instruction.
What kinds of activities are done at the teacher station?
Teacher-managed instruction is provided at the teacher station and is where you can specifically focus on the skills students are trying to establish. Teacher-managed instruction at the teacher station will be both code- and meaning-focused, based on the recommended minutes in the Classroom View.
What other activities can I do at the teacher station?
1. The teacher station is a useful place to teach activities only needed by certain students in the classroom but listed as whole group instruction in the teacher’s manual.
2. The teacher station can also be used to introduce and explain activities that will later be assigned to students at child managed stations.
3. Activities taught at the teacher station are most effective if followed with practice on the same skill at child managed stations. If the Word Work station is the next station rotation that students do after they leave the teacher station, activities at the teacher station can be extended or assigned to be done at that station.
What is the rest of the class doing during the teacher station?
While the teacher station is in progress, the rest of the class is working at either code- or meaning-focused child-managed stations.
How long does each group stay at the teacher station?
Length of time at the teacher station will be based on the number of teacher-managed minutes that are recommended for each group/student. Also, teacher-managed minutes can be accomplished at other times during the day through
- individual conferencing
- one-on-one assistance
- small group writing lessons
- or small groups working with para-professionals/volunteers on tasks that the teacher has chosen.
Types of Stations
Click on the links below for both code- and meaning-focused activities.
Setting Up the Classroom
We realize that all classrooms look different and have varying numbers of students. Some may use desks, while others may have tables. No matter what furniture is in your room, stations are possible. Once you’ve decided how many stations you will have, consider these ideas when creating your station areas.
What types of areas do I need to create in my room?
Arrange tables/desks around the room to create stations. Use floor area for whole group so that tables and/or desks will not be centered near the front of the room. This will free up the tables to form stations. If you are confined to a small space, create station areas by grouping desks together. Again, the more room between groups of desks the better. Typically, spreading stations throughout the room will help establish routines of efficient work and on task behavior. The quieter the working areas the quieter the students will be.
How should I arrange my teacher station?
The teacher station can be held on the floor area used for whole group, or at a table. Kidney or horseshoe tables can be very useful. Any space large enough for the teacher to sit and work with a small group of students is sufficient.
How can I help my students understand the station areas?
Use easels or chart stands to display directions or procedures for each station. If an open wall is nearby, directions can be posted. If a station is in front of a chalk or white board, write the directions/instructions on the board.
Where should materials be located?
Teaching students to be independent managers of their work during station times will help the teacher have more flexibility to work with small groups at the teacher station. Place materials that students will need for their assignments at each station. Some teachers find it helpful to use bins or organizers, places at the station area, each day for every station.
Routines and Procedures
Use our videos located in the Video Library as a guide to choosing routines and procedures for stations in your classroom
These procedures establish a predictable way students will move from one station to the next.
After students understand how they will rotate between stations, these procedures will organize and smooth the process of finishing work, cleaning up, and moving to the next area.
Maintaining on-task behavior and responsibility is necessary in order for students to benefit from the work they do at stations. These techniques are designed to hold students accountable for their behavior and work habits.