Student Choice is a Plus! (or is it an “x” and an “o”?)

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.

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About CathyJeremko

I am a New York State Master Teacher and educator with 15+ years of teaching Mathematics. I have a special interest in technology in education. I am searching for the answers to the future of education, with the understanding that the manner of educating people is exponentially changing. A prospect is associated with the words anticipation, expectation, and looking forward. I am a prospector searching and exploring for the natural resources of people and ideas to improve life through education.
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