Last Friday, was our first rotation day. Each of us would teach one of the first 4 lessons. I was given Lesson 1, another teacher was given Lesson 2, and so on. Each of us taught our particular lesson to our own students on Thursday. On Friday we would only need to teach 3 lessons having taught our own students the day before. One of the benefits to teaching rotation style is that each teacher needs to prepare and set up for one lesson rather than 4 different lessons. Our rotations consisted of three sessions that were 35 minutes long with a 15 minute recess in between the second and third rotation. We also scheduled in transition time of 5 minutes between each rotation. The schedule looked something like this:
Rotation 1: 1:15-1:50
Rotation 2: 1:55-2:30
Rotation 3: 2:55-3:30
Transition back to homeroom: 3:30-3:35
Our first rotation day was exhausting! There were some things to consider and a few minor problems to work out. I've listed them below:
- Two of the teachers didn't have their students wear name tags-Interacting with students is more difficult when you don't know their names.
- One of the teachers sent her students with pencils-The kids were playing with them during my lesson and were very distracted.
- Behavior was not at it's best. Students interrupted the lesson because they wanted to use the bathroom, some were arguing over where they would sit, and several were playing around and not following directions.
- We have a lot of content to teach in 35 minutes and every minute counts.
- Everyone would remember to have name tags for their students.
- Each of us would have our students use the bathroom prior to rotation time.
- Students would not come with pencils since each of us have plenty in our classrooms
- We would provide students with an incentive to maintain good behavior during the rotations