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Differentiated W orkstations. Jessica Nealious FDES . Mission and Vision. Mission : Dorchester School District Two leading the way, every student, every day, through relationships, rigor, and relevance. .

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differentiated w orkstations

Differentiated Workstations

Jessica Nealious


mission and vision
Mission and Vision

Mission: Dorchester School District Two leading the way, every student, every day, through relationships, rigor, and relevance.

Vision: Dorchester School District Two desires to be recognized as a “World Class” school district, expecting each student to achieve at his/her optimum level in all areas, and providing all members of our district family with an environment that permits them to do their personal best.

d ifferentiated w orkstations
Differentiated Workstations
  • Presentation Overview:

        This demonstration explains what workstations are, how to use them in the classroom and why they make effective tools for meeting the needs of each student based on specific data points.

  • Presentation Goals:

       The goal of this demonstration is to help educators learn how to create data driven workstation groups. Educators will learn how to prepare and implement seamless workstations. They will also have allotted time to create resources for immediate use.

c ontact i nformation
Contact Information

Jessica Nealious

Third Grade ELA/System 44 Teacher

[email protected]



  • Brain food(please help yourselves)
  • Pencil boxes
    • Scissors
    • Sticky notes
    • Index cards
    • Markers
    • Rubber bands
why did i choose workstations
Why Did I Choose Workstations?
  • Centers
  • System 44
  • Time/Benchmarks
guiding instruction with assessments
Guiding Instruction with Assessments
  • Why?
    • Common Core Standards
    • Provide quality instruction that matches student needs
    • Applying student response data to important educational decisions
  • Data Points
    • SPI(Scholastic Phonics Inventory)
    • SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory)
    • ELA Benchmark Test
    • DRA

A variety of activities that reinforce and extend learning.

  • Independent and meaningful student work.
  • Provides meaningful practice for concepts already taught.
  • Makes learning relevant and engaging
literacy workstations verses centers
Literacy Workstations Verses Centers

Literacy Work Stations

Traditional Centers

Stations remain up all year and are used for meaningful learning.

Visit work stations daily

Differentiated material for each group that have been previously viewed

Teacher meet with small flexible groups

Students LOVE this model!

Centers are changed weekly

with new material(not previewed)

Visit as an early finisher activity

If the teacher met with small groups, each group often did the same task.

fdes workstation m odel
FDES Workstation Model
  • Teacher Directed Small Group
  • Fluency
  • Word Work
  • Computer
w here do we start
Where do we start?
  • Get Organized
  • Grow your workstations from your grade level instruction
  • Gradual Release of Responsibility
organizing your work stations
Organizing Your Work Stations
  • RTI Grouping
  • Arrangement
  • Timeallotted
  • Number of workstations
  • Accountability Chart
  • Workstation Expectations
  • Implementing Workstations
  • WS Pres\Benchmark grouping.notebook
rti grouping
RTI Grouping
  • With your group, discuss and decide how you are going to group your students based on benchmark data.
tips for establishing s uccessful w ork s tations
Tips for Establishing Successful Work Stations
  • 1. Focus on procedures first.
  • 2. Aim for simplicity. Less is more.
  • 3. Increase your pace and expectation throughout the year.
  • 4 .Revisit procedures and expectations routinely.
  • 5. Enjoy this time with your kids.
  • Space
    • Tables or large areas for students to work
time number of work stations
Time/Number of Work Stations
  • How often and how long to work at each station?
    • Rotations are generally 10-20 minute activities or complete one rotation daily.
accountability chart
Accountability Chart
  • Workstation Charts
  • Mailing Labels
  • Student Sharing Time
accountability chart1
Accountability Chart
  • Workstation Charts
  • Mailing Labels
  • Student Sharing Time

With your group, discuss and decide how you will arrange and organize your classroom for student success.

workstation expectations
Workstation Expectations
  • Set clear expectations on day
    • 1. Stay at you workstation.
    • 2. Only speak with individuals in your group.
    • 3.Use your whisper voice.
    • 4. If you have a question about your assignment, ask your group members.
    • 5. Show respect to your group members with words and actions.

With your group, discuss and decide how on your expectations.

    • Chart Paper
    • Materials Box
  • Week 1: Introduce one workstation(Whole group) and set clear expectations
  • Week 2: Introduce new workstation(whole group)
  • Week 3: Introduce Computer Work Station. Implement use of two workstations
  • Week 4: Implement fluency, word work and computer workstations.
  • Week 5: Implement all four workstations.
  • Decide the order of implementation(fluency & Word Work)

What I hear I forget

What I see I remember

What I do I understand

-Author Unknown

teacher planning
Teacher Planning
  • Plan Several Activities To Complete In OneRotation
  • Be Patient
  • Ask Curriculum Facilitators For Help
  • Wireless Headphones
  • Old Keyboard
  • Rockstar
  • Organize materials
  • Thesauri
  • Dictionaries
  • Sticky notes
  • White Boards
  • Visa V Markers
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Clear View Poly Sheets
  • iPads
fluency activities
Fluency Activities
  • IPad
    • Apps
      • Organizing apps
    • iBook\'s
  • Fluency Jenga
  • Fluency Task Cards
  • Close Reading(Reading A-Z)
  • Reading Response
    • QQ Code
    • Worksheets(Readworks)
  • Rock Star Discussion Groups
  • Scholastic Magazines
fluency activities1
Fluency Activities
  • Choose a specific skill from your data and create your first fluency activity.
word work activities
Word Work Activities
  • Word Work Choice Board
  • iPad
    • Apps
  • Games
    • I Have Who Has
    • Scrabble
word work activities1
Word Work Activities
  • Choose a specific skill from your data and create an activity.
small group
Small Group
  • Lesson Plan Format
  • Activities
  • Small Group Resources
    • Workbooks
    • ENI Binder
    • Readworks
    • Reading a-z
    • Time For Kids
    • Literacy Kits
small group activities
Small Group Activities
  • Choose a specific skill from your data and create an activity.

Session EvaluationParticipants are asked to complete a session evaluation for each session attended. Credit (attendance, renewal, and/or technology) will be added following evaluation completion.

For each question, use 1=Strongly Disagree, 2=Disagree, 3=Neither Agree nor Disagree, 4=Agree, 5=Strongly Agree. Your responses will assist us in planning future professional development in Dorchester School District Two.

  • The instructor was well prepared for the workshop.
  • The materials for the workshop were appropriate.
  • The concepts presented were appropriate to my job.
  • I will benefit from attending this session.
  • I would recommend this training to others.