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Curbing Negative Behaviors with Station Teaching

With Dr. Greene’s philosophy and a colleague's knowledge from a TCICP workshop, I implemented another academically-driven behavior support: station teaching. We began to use station teaching as the format for our reading and our writing workshop. Not only did station teaching decrease problematic behaviors that usually happen during these workshop times, it also helped those students who needed visuals to support with the task at hand.
I set up four different stations in the room to take students through a literacy "workshop."  After a mini-lesson, students would rotate to each station for seven minutes. A station chart was color-coded to help students in their movements between stations. This arrangement helped to curb negative behaviors, so that students could anticipate the intervals and their placements.
  • The green station was for students to do guided reading with me.  
  • The red station was for independent reading on the opad using Raz Kids or Starfall.
  • The blue station was for word work.
  • The pink station was a review station where the paraprofessional would make sure that all students had understood and retained the information from the day's mini-lesson.  

I gave Ethan, my focal student for this inquiry, the job of "reading workshop captain." He put out a basket of folders and baggies full of books for his table during the stations. This gave him a task to do and helped him feel needed and important to his classroom community.

Below, you can see students waiting for the paraprofessional at the pink station, independently reading using strategy learned in the mini-lesson that day. They are also wearing super reader capes that I made. This was yet another behavior support to get them engaged during that particular unit.