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Student Choice


Giving students voice and choice in their learning is critical for making learning meaningful and relevant to them, an important aspect of promoting Sense of Belonging. When students are able to choose how they demonstrate their learning, drive their own learning, and self-assess their work against a set of criteria, they are engaged in more deep thinking and intrinsically motivated to learn.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this middle school teacher builds student choice into her classroom by providing options for what they will read in their book clubs, increasing their Motivation to read and participation in the class discussion. By using the P.I.C.K. (purpose, interest, comprehension, know) protocol, students identify a book that they are interested in and are able to read.

  • When teachers see themselves as facilitators of learning, they can provide options for students to support their decision-making and autonomy. Offering choice in reading material, sequence of activities, research projects, group members, ways to demonstrate mastery, and ways to justify a response are all ways to embed more learner-driven learning and foster Metacognition. 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.

    Learn how CommonLit lets learners choose texts and related media from their digital library, expanding their Literacy Environment. By offering choice in what they read and how they read with personalization supports, 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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