Sunday, September 25, 2016

CHOICE BOARDS

Increase Student Ownership By Using Choice Boards


Over the past few weeks we have been stressing the move toward student centered classrooms/ environments.  I’ve seen a shift towards less teacher talk, teachers using group work and teachering incorporating technology.  An excellent way to increase student ownership of learning in your classroom is through the use of choice boards.
Choice boards allow students to choose how they will learn. When teachers give students choices as to how they will show what they have learned, students become better problem solvers, more creative and more engaged. Structured like a Tic-Tac-Toe board, choice boards offer a series of activities that focus on students’ specific learning needs, interests, and abilities. Students decide which activity they are most comfortable completing first, and once they master it, they can move on to more challenging activities.
Choice boards are easily adapted across disciplines and grade levels, and give students an opportunity to showcase the skills they’ve mastered, practice new content and skills, and extend their learning.
Below is an example using Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Collect

Facts or ideas which are important to you.
(Knowledge)
Teach

A lesson about your topic to our class.  Include as least one visual aid.
(Synthesis)
Draw

A diagram, map or picture of your topic.
(Application)
Judge

Two different viewpoints about an issue. Explain your decision.
(Evaluation)
Photograph

Videotape, or film part of your presentation.
(Synthesis)
Demonstrate

Something to show what you have learned.
(Application)
Graph

Some part of your study to show how many or how few.
(Analysis)
Create

An original poem, dance, picture, song, or story.
(Synthesis)
Dramatize

Something to show what you have learned.
(Synthesis)
Survey

Others to learn their opinions about some fact, idea, or feature of your study.
(Analysis)
Forecast

How your topic will change in the next 10 years.
(Synthesis)
Build

A model or diorama to illustrate what you have learned.
(Application)
Create

An original game using the facts you have learned.
(Synthesis)
Memorize

And recite a quote or a short list of facts about your topic.
(Knowledge)
Write

An editorial for the student newspaper or draw an editorial cartoon.
(Evaluation)
Compare

Two things from your study.  Look for ways they are alike and different.
(Analysis)

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4 comments:

  1. this is the format I used for the Monday Tech Notes last year!

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  2. I've also used it in class attaching point values, etc to the choices. The kids love it.

    https://goo.gl/VYozfh

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  3. I love using Choice Boards when working with small groups.

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