Sunday, February 28, 2010

Choice Boards - Can't Wait to Use Them!

I went to a Professional Development seminar this weekend. After all the snow days in my area, I was glad to get out of the house and go! It was actually snowing as I made my way to the seminar, Wow, I am so glad I went. I had never heard of using choice boards for differentiated instruction, and I spent the remainder of my weekend doing research on this. Choice boards allow a student based on his readiness level to choose educational activiites that the teacher selects. The activities are based on the following learning styles: visual,auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile.I love them! I can't wait to use them in the classroom. I hope my students will be as excited about them as I am. This is a great site to start as there are several examples of choice boards here.


brspeer said...

I looked at the examples on the website you sent and I am a little confused. What I think it is (and please correct me if I am wrong) is a grid or tic-tac-toe sheet with a variety of choices for the students to do. So if we are doing a unit on a particular topic, the choice board would be available for the students to choose how they would like to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic. Would you use this mostly as a summative assessment?

writemind said...

Choice Boards allow the student, based on his/her preferences (visual, aural, or kinesthetic), to choose how he/she wants to be assessed for the project.
The grids may be used as you choose. The student can choose assignments in a tic-tac-toe line...for instance, you probably wouldn't want a student to do 3 art projects.
However, the facilitator indicated that you can have a choice board with as little as 6 or even 3 items, and you would not have to go in a tic-tac-toe line. I would use it as a summative assessment, especially since the student may be doing 2 or 3 projects for one language arts assignment.