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Student Choice


Providing students a voice in their learning is critical for making learning meaningful. When students are able to make choices about their learning and participate in instructional decisions, they are more engaged and intrinsically motivated to learn.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this elementary school teacher builds student choice into her classroom by using choice schedules. When students choose how they use their instructional time, they are able to take ownership of their learning, maintain Motivation to complete the tasks, and develop Inhibition & Self-regulation skills.

  • Teachers can promote student choice by allowing student input into which books, magazines, or other texts to read, topics to write about, and the sequence of activities in the classroom. Teachers can also offer additional opportunities for developing and using metacognitive skills by including student voice in designing classroom activities and projects. As students take responsibility for their learning through well-designed choices, they develop as independent, self-directed learners.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Watch how Epic! gives learners the freedom to choose what books they read from its digital library, expanding their Literacy Environment. By offering choice in what they read and how they read, learners maintain engagement and develop a greater love for reading.

  • Products can offer students choice from an array of activities as well as personalization options within the interface. When they are able to be in charge of aspects of their digital learning experiences, students are more likely to sustain Attention on the tasks and, over time, learn the value of making choices that are optimally challenging.
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