On top of their flexibility as a cooperative learning tool, Chat Stations can also dramatically improve whole-class discussions.
Because students have fully explored each issue in the less-threatening Chat Station setting, they will be better prepared to participate in a larger class discussion next.
So today I’m proposing a watered-down version of stations that keeps the movement, interactivity and variety while minimizing the prep work.
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I’m calling these “Chat Stations,” discussion prompts that students visit just like stations, but instead of performing a complex task, they just have a quick discussion.
Chat Stations are incredibly flexible: They can be used for test reviews, ethical debates, exploring new material, even analyzing literature.