What is an editing station?
There are two different ways that you can think of an editing station, and in this article we will explore them both.
Editing Station - A permenant feature of your classroom:
The first way to think of an editing station is an area of your classroom that is permanently set up for children to visit to edit their writing. It could, for example, take the form of a table in a corner of the classroom with access to resources that will support children editing what they have writen.
In a lesson, a child might come to you and show you their finished writing. You could then direct them to go and sit at the editing station and to edit what they have written. Teachers could give the child a specific focus, for example, if the teacher noticed that the child in Year 4 had not used many fronted adverbials, they could be directed to the editing station to see if they can revise their work to include more of these.
Wordbanks, posters and other helpful resources could be positioned on or near the editing station to support children indepdently editing their writing.
Editing Station - Used as a carousel activity:
The other way to think of an editing station is quite different. In this second way, children as a class will have got to the point in the writing process where editing needs to happen. You would set aside a lesson where children can edit their writing. Editing stations can be useful here to focus children's editing.
The teacher would set up around 5-6 editing stations around the classroom. If children already sit in table groups, then each table could become a different station. Each editing station would be focussed on a different aspect of editing that the class need to work on. For example, having marked the children's work, the teacher might notice that the class need to work on the following editing points:
1. Using capital letters and full stops (editing station 1)
2. Using more interesting adjectives (editing station 2)
3. Using conjunctions (editing station 3)
4. Spelling (editing station 4)
5. Using adverbs (editing station 5)
The idea would then be for the group to spend 10 minutes or so at each editing station. Resources to support children editing their writing would be positioned in the middle of each table group so that children can use them to support their editing.
Here is a diagram of what the editing station set up could look like: