The Importance of Student Choice Across All Grade Levels (Edutopia)

This 2021 article shares research about the benefits of offering students choices in their own learning, including its power to motivate and engage students. The authors offer eight concrete ideas for providing student choice for early and middle, and high school grades:

Early grades:

  • Give a say via voting
  • Prioritize choice time
  • Build ownership with class jobs

Middle and High School:

  • Consider flexible seating
  • Cocreate classroom norms
  • Make academic choices meaningful
  • Upend assigned reading
  • Offer recess, even in high school
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