Why Use Stations?
In a stations activity, small groups of students move from station to station to read, watch, and interpret a variety of resources that focus on an event, theme, or question from multiple perspectives. Groups of students spend an allotted amount of time at each station interacting with the material and either answering questions or engaging in a reflective activity. The stations activity works well to launch a new unit or to explore in more depth something students have already studied. When the teacher selects from different kinds of content—informational texts, poetry, art, photography, maps, video or audio clips—students can engage with the material using multiple modalities thus allowing them to reach a deeper understanding of the event, theme, or question than they might having read or discussed just one or two texts.