I found this article to be helpful when researching student choices. Student choices are very important because it is vital that students feel ownership over their learning. By providing students with guided choices in: how to learn, what to learn, or how to show what they've learned; students are often times more willing to comply with directions because they do not feel forced to complete something. Obviously some situations are not fit for student choices but by incorporating strategies such as: Extension Menu, Tic-tac-toe, Totally Ten, RAFT, and Cubing; we can offer students the opportunity for them to feel like learning is personalized to their interests.
Here are some links for templates on how to use the strategies listed above:
Extension Menu, Tic-tac-toe, Totally Ten:
Page 9 of http://www.ohiorc.org/orc_documents/orc/adlit/inperspective/2010-03/in_perspective_2010-03.pdf
You can personalize this to best fit your class, I have used:
- 3 in a row any direction
- Must complete any 5
- Level the tasks according to blooms (Can set requirements for how many tasks in each row students can complete)