Creating & Using Rotation Charts for Small Group Learning

Creating & Using Rotation Charts for Small Group Learning
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  • 0:03 What Is Small Group Learning?
  • 0:49 Creating a Rotation Chart
  • 2:51 Using the Rotation Chart
  • 4:15 Options with Rotation Charts
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Instructor: Derek Hughes
In order to have a small group system in your classroom that runs smoothly and efficiently, you're going to need a rotation chart that facilitates learning. This lesson will detail how to create and use a rotation chart in your classroom.

What Is Small Group Learning?

Throughout the school day, you are going to want to engage your students in a variety of different activities and learning settings. Sometimes, you might want to use direct instruction to the whole class to teach a new skill. Other times, you might want students working independently. Most of the time, however, your students will be working together in small group learning.

Small group learning is a teaching strategy in which your students are split into groups according to a number of factors to accomplish a goal, solve a problem, or work on an activity. To facilitate this process and make it more efficient, you will need to use a rotation chart, which shows who is in each group, what that group is working on, and where they are working in the classroom. Creating and using a rotation chart is a key part of small group learning and will be discussed more in depth in this lesson.

Creating a Rotation Chart

Ms. Lu is a 4th grade literacy teacher. In order to create activities that are engaging and accessible to all of her students, she uses small group learning a lot in her classroom. Over the years, Ms. Lu has perfected the art of organizing her small groups by using a rotation chart. By having this chart in the classroom, she can train her students to consult the chart when it's time for group work, which makes the process very smooth.

Ms. Lu's rotation chart has several key elements, including:

  • Which students are in which group
  • What each group is working on
  • Where each group is working in the classroom
  • What materials groups will need
  • The jobs of each group member

Ms. Lu's chart has several columns with pockets under each column. To make all the elements clear and to make it easy to arrange the charts each day, Ms. Lu uses a card system on her chart.

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