Howdy teacher friends!
Is your classroom teacher centered? Standards centered? Student centered?
I am a firm believer in the power of choice. Ask anyone about what they want to do over the weekend, and of course, they are going to say they would prefer to have a choice.
Sleep in and wake up to the sound of two giggling boys.
I also believe the high expectations is the TRUE one size fits all.
Why is Choice Important?
Choice is the beginning to engagement. If you think about it, your students are going to choose what best fits their learning styles and needs.
Another benefit of choice is a greater sense of independence for the students. What a great feeling! Students work on and create products based on their beliefs, rather than what we, teachers, want them to do. So in other words, when our kiddos have choices in the activities they wish to complete, they are more focused on their learning that leads to their choice or product.
How to Use Menus in the Classroom
- How much background knowledge do my students need?
- Is this something that they can approach independently?
- Do I have in my classroom, the materials needed for my students to accomplish their task?
- For enrichment and supplementary activities for fast finishers and high achievers.
- To replace certain activities. I pick and choose what I directly teach and what my students can learn and review through product menus.
- After mini-lessons, with the menus driving the accompanying classroom activities. This is a class favorite! My students get to review basic concepts or check for understanding in a very fun way.