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Decision-making is an important life skill that all children need to develop. As teachers we share the responsibility, not only of providing opportunities in the classroom for our learners to make choices, but also to help them understand that the choices they make have consequences. There are lots of ways we can address this in the classroom but one way that is simple to set up and easy to add to classroom routines, is the use of choice boards.
Choice Boards: What? Why? and How?
A choice board is a board that displays a number of task options for learners to choose from. The exact number isn’t important but in the most successful choice boards the types of tasks vary as much as possible. This means offering tasks with different degrees of challenge as well as with different skills focus. For example, after teaching language related to ‘daily routines’, tasks could be:
Write a blog post about your daily routines. Write 80 – 100 words.
Make a poster to show your daily routines. Use pictures and text.
Make a short audio recording of yourself talking about your daily routines.
Imagine you are a famous person. Write about your daily routines.
Write an email to a friend in another country, explaining typical daily routines for a child in your country.
Work with a partner. Write a dialogue, asking and answering about daily routines. Record or film yourselves acting out the dialogue.
Interview a family member of friend about their daily routines. Write a summary of the information.
Write a list of 5 things you do every day and 5 things you only do at the weekend.