What is one way to build that caring and compassionate culture in your classroom? Giving student a choice and voice in their learning. Choice starts with differentiation. Differentiation is defined by the Training and Development Agency for Schools as:"the process by which differences between learners are accommodated so that all students in a group have the best possible chance of learning." When we allow students choice and voice in our classrooms we are automatically differentiating our instruction. Providing student choice in the classroom is a form of student-centered and differentiated teaching that is intended to increase the student’s level of learning and sense of ownership. Here are some very easy ways to get started:
- Pole your students to find out where their interest are
- Teams Concept
- Assessing Their Needs and Wants
- Project Options
Choice Boards, Menus, and App Dice
Using menus in the classroom will
- Give students choices for proving mastery of objectives
- Can reach various levels of questioning & Blooms Taxonomy
- Allows for differentiation of instruction and modification without singling out students.
Lets look at some of my favorite choice menus, boards, and app dice.