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 two previous posts I’ve written about the importance of providing students with choices:
Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn is article in MindShift about an online conversation I led.
7 Ways to Hack Your Classroom to Include Student Choice is from Edudemic.
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.
Here’s what Nobel Prize–winning research says will make you more influential is from Fast Company.
I created a tic-tac-toe with this info for the Ts I coached at the start of the 19-20 year. Last week, one of these Ts asked me to send it to her. I searched my docs but couldn’t find it, so I recreated it in 15 mins, & emailed it to her. I’m glad I couldn’t find it! #choiceboard pic.twitter.com/2A00ozr4o2
— Cherry-Anne Gildharry (@chemelnalis) November 14, 2019
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