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Choice Boards are a great way to give your students some choice in how they will complete an assignment. Some of our students may excel at creating a Google Site, where another student would rather create a video or write a paper. Some may want to watch a video on the topic and others would prefer to read a chapter in a book. Choice Boards let us differentiate our assignments and engage our students at where they are. During these times when we are all teaching online, we as teachers need to create the best learning experiences possible that will keep our students attention, maintain a positive attitude, and keep them committed to doing their best job possible.
Here's a 3 part mini "course" that is entitled "The Ultimate Guide to Choice Boards and Learning Menus" by AJ Juliani. He talks about why Choice Boards are important, especially now, describes a step-by-step process for creating them, and gives examples of choice boards in action. This was written for K-12, but can easily be modified for your teaching here at MSU. It's easy to use Google Docs or Slides (or Word or PowerPoint) to create these menus for your students.
Choice boards are perfect for online learning, student choice, and differentiation. Here's what Kasey Bell of Shake Up Learning says about choice boards/learning menus:
What is a Choice Board?
IT’S ALL ABOUT CHOICE!
- Choice boards are a form of differentiated learning that gives students a menu or choice of learning activities.
- Learning menus and choice boards can be created in a variety of styles and mediums.
- They’ve been around for a long time and originated in a static, paper format.
- With digital tools, we can bring the menus to life with interactivity and creation.
I've added several examples of choice boards below. Have a favorite? Share it with us!