Unit 3: Choice Boards; How does that differentiate instruction?
Learners will learn about an instructional tool used to provide more differentiation in a classroom, choice boards.
Mrs. Smith now realizes she needs to differentiate her instruction allowing opportunities to reach all students. She just doesn't know what she can do. What instructional tool can she use? Won't it be a lot of work for her to change everything?
In the previous Unit you learned about Differentiation and why it is important to provide these opportunities to our learners. We also learned how there are three areas we can Differentiate Instruction. We are now going to take a closer look at the component of Differentiation; product. We learned one way to Differentiate the product of learning is by providing students with a choice. This Unit focuses one type of instructional tool that allows for students to make choices; Choice Boards.
Choice boards provide students with choices on what they want to work on based upon the discipline. A teacher can create choice boards depending on academic level to the students. This allows for all students to reach the same goal with activities that meet their needs.
Watch this video for more background information about Differentiation as well as Math Choice boards : Html5mediator: not a valid URL
Browse this Power Point presentation that focuses on Differentiation and Choice Boards:
- Pay special attention to slides 14 and 15 which focuses on what Choice Board are.
Read this article that discusses how to use Choice Boards in the classroom:
Choice Board Template
Here are some Choice Board Templates that are organized in a Tic-Tac-Toe style. These are the ones I use in my classroom (depending on the learners in your classroom)
Assessment of Choice Boards
Choice Boards also provide teachers a sense of assessment on how well they understand the material. Students are able to complete different activities to their learning style and teachers can assess if they completed the assignment or not. Teachers are able to create different rubrics based upon their main objective of the choice boards.
Unit Wrap up
Complete: the questions based upon the information you have read in this Unit.
Discuss: what Mrs. Smith should do? What is your rationale on your choice?