'Choices' photo (c) 2009, Justin See (coming back) - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

I’m a big advocate of creating opportunities for students to choose in the classroom — ways that particular assignments are done, discussing with them the best places for them to sit, even due dates.

The results of some new studies on this topic have just been released and, since I’ve previously written about this idea, I thought it might be useful for readers and for me to bring this information together in sort of a mini “The Best..” list. This will be a short one, but will probably be growing.

Education Week has just published an article on the new studies headlined “Giving Students a Say May Spur Engagement and Achievement.” In the article, one of the researcher says:

“When students were given choices, they reported feeling more interested in their homework, felt more confident about their homework and they scored higher on their unit tests.”

Here are more resources, including many links to “choice boards”:

“How Taking an Active Role in Learning Enhances Memory”

“The Art Of Choosing”

Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn is article in MindShift about an online conversation I led.

I Think This Is An Excellent Visual About Student Choice

The Impact Of Asking “Could” Instead Of “Should” In The Classroom

Does offering students a choice in assignments lead to greater engagement? is from Digital Promise.

Why Choice Matters to Student Learning is by Heather Wolpert-Gawron.

Taking a Gradual Release (GRR) Approach to Student Choice is from John Spencer.

Here’s what Nobel Prize–winning research says will make you more influential is from Fast Company.


Here’s a digital choice board.

Here’s a Choice Board on Ancient China from The Ms. B.

This Choice Board is from Adam Clark.

Here’s an online choice board from Ann Stiltner

Here’s one from Veronica Dixon that also includes a blank template.

The Benefits of Using Choice Boards in Math is from Edutopia.

How the Science of Choice Can Boost Innovation appeared in The Harvard Business Review.

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