Choice boards are a powerful tool that can transform how students learn and demonstrate their understanding of a subject. They provide students with a sense of ownership over their work, and give teachers an opportunity to assess their knowledge in a variety of ways. If you are not using choice boards, you are missing out on a fantastic opportunity to engage your students and assess their learning.
But what exactly are choice boards? In essence, they are a set of activities that allow students to choose how they want to demonstrate their understanding of a subject. Each activity is aligned with a specific learning objective, and students can select which activities they want to complete. This approach is particularly useful at the end of the year, when students are starting to check out and lose motivation.
One of the main benefits of choice boards is that they provide students with a choice. Students have different learning styles and preferences, and choice boards allow them to choose activities that align with their strengths. For example, if a student is not artistic, they can choose an activity that doesn’t require artistic skills. This approach helps to ensure that every student is engaged and motivated.
Another benefit of choice boards is that they are fun to grade. Unlike traditional assignments, where you know exactly what to expect, choice boards offer a variety of products that showcase student creativity and ingenuity. From student-produced textbook pages to videos, the possibilities are endless. Grading choice boards allows you to see your students in a new light, and can help you to appreciate their skills and talents in a way that you might not have otherwise.
If you are hesitant to try choice boards, remember that giving up control can be a little frightening. But as teachers, we need to be willing to try new things and experiment with different approaches. Choice boards are a simple yet effective tool that can help to transform how students learn and demonstrate their understanding of a subject. So why not give them a try? You might just fall in love with this new method of informal assessment and find a way to incorporate it into your classroom throughout the next school year.
Interested in more end of year ideas and activities? Head to this post for details on my Math Mystery Reviews!
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