Choose Choice Boards

Research shows that student choice within education increases engagement and ownership. It is also a factor in increasing student motivation. One effective way for students to have a choice in how they demonstrate their understanding is by using choice boards.

What’s a Choice Board?

A choice board may go by other names, including a learning menu or tic-tac-toe. Essentially, a choice board offers a variety of options for students to show what they know. In most examples there are a variety of learning styles available for students to pick from, with all requiring the same rigorous thinking. Choice boards are also built to allow for differentiation for students.

Thinking Strategies – Consolidate, Communicate, Take Action – Choice Boards and Menus

Choice Board Tips

  • Design a choice board where options relate to the same outcome (this will make it easier for you to assess)
  • Have a variety of activities that draw on student strengths (e.g. writing, art, technology etc)
  • Include some choices that are familiar to students as more creative options may seem overwhelming at first
  • Provide exemplars from each category if possible
  • Give explicit instruction on each choice and the expectations for it
  • Monitor student progress and give feedback throughout

Examples 

Grade 8 Language Arts – Novel Study Tic Tac Toe

Grade 7 Social Studies – European Explorers Learning Menu

Grade 7 Math – Percent Choice Board 

Grade 5 Science – Wetlands Choice Board

Grade 3 Mathematics – End of Year Choice Board

Learn More

Thinking Strategies: Choice Boards and Menus

The Ultimate Guide to Choice Boards and Learning Menus

How the Heck Do You Grade Choice-Based Learning?

How I Use Choice Boards to Increase Student Engagement

4 Ways to Craft Choice Menus in Distance Learning Classes

 

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