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Instructional Practice

The Power of Choice: How to Create Choice in Student Projects

The year is coming to an end, students are beginning to finish up their state exams, and you’re likely thinking about how to finish strong in your classroom. Designing engaging end of the year activities is an exciting thing for students and teachers alike. It’s also a great way to ensure students have the foundational skills necessary to be successful in the next grade level.

In order to assist in your planning of end-of-year projects, consider using Choice Boards and allow students to demonstrate their understanding of a concept, skill, or content by choosing how to exhibit their mastery. Students are able to choose from a list of different “products” in which the basic expectations and structure are already outlined. This will increase engagement and build investment in the learning process. Below is an example of what a choice board might look like, but first we first want you to consider the following basic criteria while designing your newfound instructional approach:

Sample Choice Board:

Do you have other ideas or links to objective-driven end of the year projects? Share them below!

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