From OER in Education

The Carousel technique


This involves arranging 'stations' within the classroom where different activities will take place and groups of students moving from station to station. Just as a carousel moves around, so the groups of students move around the classroom from station to station. This is sometimes referred to as a circus of activities. By the end of the circus, all students will have done all activities in the same order but each group will have started on a different activity.

Here are the steps involved:

  • Step 1 Decide on the activities that you want the students to do during the lesson (about 5 or 6 for a class size of 30 works well)
  • Step 2 Set up your stations by making sure that their are clear instructions at each station (usually a group of tables) for what students must do along with the necessary materials to complete the activity
  • Step 3 Start each group on a different activity (either briefly go over each activity with the whole class or tell students that there will be an explanation of each activity at each station)
  • Step 4 Set a time limit for each activity and move students on when their time is up.
  • Step 5 Circulate as the groups complete the circus of activities making sure everyone understands what they are supposed to be doing.