Assign roles and explain project if not done so already.
Getting into your work groups:
Step 1. Listen carefully to the instructions and any new information from the teacher. If you do not understand or need help, raise your hand.
Step 2. Quietly gather all the materials you will need for your assignment and walk to your station. Do not bring anything with you unless you need it for the assignment.
Step 3. Go to your assigned station. Greet each other and remember your role and know who has what assignment. And, be kind and listen. Do not speak when someone else is speaking.
Step 4. Start your task. Remember each person is to do their job. Ask others in your group for any help to understand or how to do the assignment.
Step 5. Complete your task by doing your best.
Step 6. Make sure each person has completed the project, then raise your hand for the teacher to check your assignment.
Step 7. Thank each one in your group and return to your desks quietly.
Practice and Choreograph Your Procedures
This will help students move more quickly and efficiently around the classroom from station to station. This helps the transitions such as going from desk to group to activity more efficiently and less talking and noise. Think about the flow of your classroom and how will you move students from one place to another efficiently? Which pathways to cut down congestion, how will be the transitions? More investment to start off this way will equal more learning time and less issues. Also, routines, assignments, and order, give students the structure that they need to feel safe and happy.
Dr. Richard Krejcir is an Author, Researcher, seasoned Special Education teacher and the Director of a nonprofit that does educational training in third-world countries. He is also a STEAM teacher and a father of a son with autism.