As educators, we know about the power of choice for our students. Student choice increases engagement, allows for differentiation, and helps to foster intrinsic motivation. You can read more about the key benefits of student choice here on ASCD.
I started using choice boards a few years ago during our reading block and it was magic.
In addition to the benefits listed above, I was able to meet with small groups with fewer interruptions. Each Monday, I would have a new choice board for the week. I would interchange the activities around the board, sometimes adding a FREE space to the center.
My students were always so excited to get their new boards and get started working. Because of the success with choice boards in my reading block, this year I also created them for math.
Choice boards can also be used with distance learning in their digital format but are also formatted to be printed. I created them in Google Slides and they can be posted to Google Classroom or Seesaw for your students. The templates I created for you are beautiful, editable, and interactive. #winwin
The template is a 9 grid, 3 by 3 array of text boxes. The background clipart and table are stationary but everything else can be edited to your preference. The choice boards were designed for easy printing in either landscape or portrait U.S. paper sizes.
For the print version, you would need to either delete or keep the icons stacked as they are in the file. During in-class instruction, my students would color in the boxes when they were finished with a task. The digital version allows students to move the stacked clipart over the box when they complete a task.
I made a quick video to show you how I set up both my printed and digital versions. You can take a closer look at this resource in my shop. Let me know if you have any questions or leave a comment below!
Stay well friends!