Summary & Reflection by Denise Oglesby
With technology becoming more common in classrooms, Whole Group Rotation is a model with a linear approach that lets everyone rotate through online and offline activities within one classroom. It’s a transitional step for teachers shifting from traditional whole group to this rotation model. With the use of adaptive technology in regards to content, assessment, and sequence, it should allow students to control the pace and possibly path of their learning. Since students don’t rotate, it saves time when compared to the Rotation Model from Ch. 9 and still allows time for the teacher to work with individual students to better gauge comprehension and mastery. It’s also flexible in that any number of activities can be used.
Like designing any lesson, when you are implementing a Whole Group Rotation lesson begin with the desired skills and objectives and then decide on activities and the length of time needed to achieve these. Blended learning would mean using technology to allow students to pace their own learning and collaborate with their peers. Figures 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6 are sample lessons and a Google Drawing of a Whole Group Rotation template is included. It is suggested to use a mix and match approach of Station Rotation and Whole Group Rotation to match daily available technology and objectives.
There are challenges expected with Whole Group Rotation and Figure 10. 8 gives solutions to help meet them. Since every student has a device, distractions need to be managed. Peer tutors and the teacher could troubleshoot where needed to address the wide range of skills and language proficiency as well as technology issues. Like in any lesson, back-up plans need to be in place and teachers must model flexibility as well as provide next steps or additional activities for early finishers and a plan for slower finishers to complete their work. It’s important for teachers to address how they will make sure students are on-task for online work and where and when they will work with individual students.