The best part of my job this year is to step into some of the classrooms and observe learning in a non-judgmental way. As teachers, we focus on our work inside our classrooms and hardly ever find the time to step out and look around us.
We can learn so much from each other and share what we see with the rest of our colleagues. One of the things that I had a chance to observe this year was our first graders working in a station rotation model.
The students worked in four different stations and rotated every 10 minutes counter clockwise.
Every station focused on one skill in Hebrew while the leading teacher worked on speaking, the assistant teacher worked on reading phonetics and the other two stations, where students worked independently, focused on writing and spelling games while listening to each other.
What made these activities successful were the following:
- Well prepared lesson plan
- Visuals that explained where to go and where each station was located
- Students engagement – every student in the class was involved in every activity and seemed to enjoy the work
- The teacher used a timer that helped keep everyone focused on their tasks
- Variety and choice of learning activities – students had fun playing games, cutting words and pictures, using Wixie application to draw pictures of words they had learned and more
- The enthusiasm of the teaching team
As a teacher and a lifelong learner there is so much that I took from watching the first graders and teachers work in the rotation model. I will continue to try new things in my classroom and explore new opportunities for my students to acquire new skills. I will do my best to share what I do and learn from other educators. I will continue to enjoy observing classes in a non-judgmental way and grow from this experience as much as possible. My hope is that everyone feels enthusiastic about learning and sharing the great things that take place in their classrooms.