April 14, 2020

7 Benefits of Choice Boards

Choice boards come in a variety of forms and there's no limit to creativity when designing and implementing them.


Here are a few benefits of choice boards:

1. Choice boards are a good option for distance learning.

They can be used to assign a variety of tasks over a given period of time.

2. Choice boards can give students a break from screen time. 

All or some of the activities on a choice board can be designed to be completed without a device.

3. Choice boards are a great tool for differentiation.

Students with special needs can be assigned a limited number of choices or specific activities if appropriate.

4. Student choice is motivating.

Students can be given the opportunity to choose the number of activities, the order, or both. They feel in charge!

5. Choice boards can be created for virtually any subject area or level.

I've created them for writing, reading, spelling, grammar, science, social studies, and math. I've seen them for health, physical education, art, music, speech, and foreign language. They can be created for use in Kindergarten through higher education. 

6. They can be created easily.

Make them as simple or as fancy as you like. Many simply start with a 3 X 3 grid. Some teachers create them with learning modalities (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) in mind. You can create them with point values. Some are made with the middle space as a free choice. Others are created so that students must choose 3 in a row like Tic Tac Toe. Some choice boards are made in the form of menus and include appetizers, main courses, sides, and desserts. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! 

7. Choice boards are fun!

Something happens when you give a kid a clipboard...


Want to try out a few before creating your own? These are popular Writing Choice Boards!

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Oldies but Goodies:

Have you discovered any other benefits of choice boards? If so, feel free to explain in the comments below! 

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