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Collaborative Literacy Stations

Innovation in Teaching Competition: Tara Dougherty from Kingsley Charter Elementary School

Grade Level

First Grade

Content Area/Instructional Strategy


This lesson plan uses collaborative literacy stations to provide intensive, differentiated English Language Arts (ELA) instruction, and engage students in ELA, mathematics and science activities. At the beginning of each day, the teacher provides wholegroup instruction to review the current reading comprehension strategy. Then, students move through four stations – Small Group Instruction, Non-Fiction Listening Station, Big Book Station, and the Buddy Reading Station – where students work with either the teacher or their peers to explore concepts in ELA, mathematics, and science.

Standards Addressed

English Language Arts:
ELA.1.RL.2; ELA.1.RL.7; ELA.1.RL.9; ELA.1.RI.1; ELA.1.RI.2; ELA.1.RI.3; ELA.1.R1.7; ELA.1.RI.8; ELA.1.RI.9; ELA.1.W.3

About the Teacher

Tara Dougherty
Kingsley Charter Elementary
DeKalb County Schools

Tara Dougherty is currently an Instructional Coach at DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts. Previously, she was a first grade teacher at Kingsley Charter Elementary School. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of California Irvine. Her best piece of teaching advice is: In the classroom every year you get a fresh start and everyday is a new learning experience. Self-reflection is critical to be an effective educator. It can be scary sometimes, as it requires you to be honest and evaluate yourself on a daily basis. Ultimately, self-reflection provides you with the knowledge and insight into being the best for your students everyday.