I decided to implement stations on library learning days. Stations have always intimidated me: one adult, three to four groups of kids working independently on three separate activities, technology, rotations...you get the idea. There is a lot going on and plenty of organizing, planning, and preparation. Above all of this, if management and routines aren't in place, all the hard work and preparation that went into planning will be for nothing if students can't manage themselves.
And the verdict? After the first round of stations, everything went surprisingly smooth. Students were on task, work was completed, and learning happened! I was kind of giddy. Since I was teaching a lesson in one of the groups, I did some pre-teaching on how to problem solve when students had questions. I was surprised at how well students did with figuring things out on their own. Tomorrow we start our second round of stations. I am even going to give it a try with kinders (with some parent help)! Yikes! I'm sure it will all go smoothly. What could possibly go wrong with twenty-six five year olds working in groups in the library?