Weigh in please, on student choice….
I know that my students really embrace the idea of having some choice in their learning, and I find that they are more attentive and more willing to participate in learning a concept when they are given choice. The main structure that I use for this is a choice board. I found this idea on pinterest, and the site that was given the credit for this idea is “dare-to-differentiate“.
One way to implement choice boards if time permits, is to have students choose activities similar to tic-tac-toe; the student completes 3 activities in a row (up, down, diagonal). They can be adapted for ALL students and actually lend themselves well to differentiated instruction. Generally speaking, I do not use it as tic-tac-toe, but there is plenty of options on the board for students to choose. Sometimes, an option might be to work some problems in our notes and homework packet; there are students who prefer this type of activity to the more creative choices.
I have made a general template: Choice Board template stations . I created this similar to the ones on the site referenced above. I then just fill in the necessary concepts, computer/iPad applications, internet sites, etc. that I choose to use for the concept in question.
Here is one I used with Choice Board probability.