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    Workstations
    By snordwald

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    This is the second year I have used workstations. The kids are arranged in 4 guided reading groups of about 4-5 kids each. However, their workstation groups have 2-3 kids per group. The reason for the smaller workstation groups is wait time. If kids are taking turns at something, the longer they wait the greater the chance they'll act up and get in trouble. It does take a little more work on my part to have more centers, but it is definitely worth it.
    I have 7 workstations (WS) each week. The students visit one WS per day, so the centers last for 2 weeks. (We do not do WS on Fri., due to the fact that I individually fluency test on this day and the students are taking skill tests at their sits during this time.) The WS are:
    Buddy Reading; Work Work; Spelling/Vocab; Listening; Poetry; Fluency; Guided Reading. Each group is met with every other day in Guided Reading. If you have any questions I'll try to help you just e-mail snordw@eprairie.k12.mo.us I know the pressure of tests, our district has decided to use job targets for teachers whose students do not test well on our state test. Big problem: we are ability grouped and I have next to bottom grouping for reading.

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