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.
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