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Give Choices to Students


To give students choice with regard to assignments and projects so that they have a voice in what they learn and how they demonstrate their learning.


Students may invest themselves in curriculum they find meaningful as choice can increase engagement and higher quality work as students develop mindsets and skills necessary for AP coursework success.

Action Steps

  • Brainstorm an ongoing class list of things the students want to know about and are interested in.
  • Teams of inquiry: each team selects a topic to explore, research, and present.
  • Assess the students’ needs and wants.
  • Model “Think Alouds,” where you demonstrate your own learning as you read an article—pause, ask questions, make connections to things you know.
  • Give final project options and clear rubrics or criteria for grading that students can use to self-evaluate.


Alber, Rebecca (2014, March 31) Edutopia.org. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/five-strategies-more-voice-choice-students-rebecca-alber

Block, Joshua (2014, October 30) Edutopia.org. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-choice-leads-to-voice-joshua-block

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