Facilitating Station-Based Learning
What is a Station?
A station is designed to be
a 10 to 15 minute challenge centered around a measurable objective.
a real-world challenge for a participant(s) to solve related to the focus area.
Stations invoke a sense of urgency through both the “written scenario” and time allotment, exemplifies the discovery learning model, encourages participants to take an active role in securing knowledge/skill(s) all the while fostering the opportunity for participant(s) to use critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills.
Components of a Station
Challenge Sheet - contains the scenario and station instructions
Station Activity Kit - resources needed to accomplish the station
Station Handbook - lesson plan (objective, description, instructions, required resources)
Station Icon - image that is reflective of the station
How to develop a Station
The goal of a station is to solve a real-world problem
Select the content area and develop a compelling story
Develop a storyline that stimulates the imagination and builds a sense of wonder where participants conclude that their skillset is needed to solve a challenge relating to the content.
The story should:
Create an invested participant (how do I get people to want to learn more about the topic)
Focus on shared outcome and desires (we all want to be a part of a winning team)
Suspend reality (wrap participants in a world where anything is possible)
Bring participants into the world (immersion and role playing)
Determine the measurable outcome that you want participants to achieve during the station
Write a response to the following:
What will participants do to accomplish the objective?
Document the resources and materials needed to facilitate the station
Document instructions needed to facilitate the station
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