Independent Station Whip Around: Independent Station Whiparound

 
 
 
Independent Station Whiparound
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Instructional Closings

Independent Station Whip Around

There are times when the work being completed at the independent station is not designed to be completed in one session. I noticed that, while I could get an accurate pulse of the small-group session and collaborative station, assessing the independent station was more challenging. My students are expected to account for the work they did or did not complete during the independent station by commenting on their progress or by talking about something that was interesting or challenging. This is an extremely powerful accountability strategy and also an opportunity for my students to practice their speaking and listening skills.

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Student Handout
 
 
Adherence to this independent contract is partially what I'm looking for in my Independent Station Whip Around. Full understanding probably isn't happening if these guidelines aren't adhered to.
 
Student Handout
 
 
Adherence to this independent contract is partially what I'm looking for in my Independent Station Whip Around. Full understanding probably isn't happening if these guidelines aren't adhered to.
Tanesha Dixon
Wheatley Education Campus
Washington, DC


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Social Studies
Grade:
Eighth grade
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