Nativity of Mary teachers believe that the station rotation reflects best practices in elementary school--which is something we like about blended learning, teacher Rebecca Hartmann says, "We can fine-tune best practices to zero in on skills that we want our students to have." Teachers at Nativity of Mary believe that station rotation allows opportunities for students to be independent, to collaborate without the direct help of teachers, to problem-solve, to engage their creativity, and to learn from one another.
The station rotation model at Nativity of Mary is constantly evolving, as teachers are constantly learning new things about what works best for their students.
Nativity of Mary had a smooth transition to blended learning because of the assistance provided by the Notre Dame program. The biggest challenge was teachers being so enthusiastic that they took on too much too fast! Teachers realized soon after implementation that the transition could be slow, and that there was still value in painstakingly establishing routines and procedures.
As a teacher, you’re the expert in your classroom. You know what’s best for your students and your community. You should trust your gut, but also stretch yourself. Be thoughtful about everything you’re doing, examining the purpose behind every change.
Also, spend the time on the front end in building routines and expectations. It's easy to lose sight of that when you want to jump right in.
On a practical level, establish routines around the technology. Have a routine for things like how to take a Chromebook out and what to do when your Chromebook freezes. Teachers should not need to be involved in that sort of thing.
1. Goal-setting conferences with students--without that piece, student engagement is going to go down
2. Using data from personalized learning to drive small-group instruction, whole-group instruction, and personalized goal-setting
Nativity of Mary is an accredited Catholic parochial school offering preschool through eighth grade, with an average class size conducive to meaningful learning
For more than 50 years, Nativity of Mary School has been providing students with a superior educational learning experience. We believe real success is achieved when gospel values are made a routine part of our children's development.
The nurturing of personal faith, high academic standards and outstanding extracurricular opportunities have always been the cornerstones of Nativity of Mary School. Our state-certified teaching staff is committed to providing students with opportunities for spiritual, academic, physical and social growth.
Contact: Rebecca Hartmann
Contact Title: Teacher Leader
Nativity of Mary Catholic School
9901 E. Bloomington Fwy.