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Free Choice Board Template

In education, we teachers, typically have two different grading methods.  The first method is assigning every project a percentage from 0-100.  The second method is evaluating students on a standard or competency using a 3-category scale with 1=not proficient, 2= proficient, and 3= advanced proficient.

No matter which grading type you use, it is important for teachers to find ways to make students curious, engaged, and motivated to accomplish tasks that prove understanding!  One approach that teachers use to motivate their students and to increase engagement is by providing students with the freedom to choose their learning path!  This is where a learning tool called a "choice-board" comes into play.  A choice-board comes in various forms with the purpose of providing students with options to prove mastery.  Some choice boards look like tic-tac-toe boards and others can look like learning menus (like of a restaurant menu with learning activities instead of food descriptions).

The FREE TargetED Learning Choice Board focuses on a standard, goal, or competency and shows a progression that will help provide a path to student mastery.   The TargetED Learning Choice Board path consists of 3 tiers: research, formative assessment, and summative assessment.

Research Tier:

The research tier consists of activities that allow students to show what they already know as well as gather new knowledge about the standard.  Activities that should be considered in the research tier include taking a pre-test, annotating text, watching a YouTube video, taking notes from a screencast, working through an EdPuzzle activity, or listening to an audio form of the content.  It is important to think about how their students learn. Each student is different and learns differently.  Try to provide options that will satisfy the different needs of the learner!

Formative Assessment Tier:

The formative assessment tier involves allowing the student to practice the new skills or knowledge gained in the research tier.  We at GotTechED like to call this the "safe zone" where students get to practice without the fear of a bad grade.  Students work through practice problems or write a rough draft of a writing assignment and the only judgement they get is in the form of feedback!  Timely feedback is of the utmost importance! Feedback must be timely to ensure that learning is continuous. Feedback is important to identify improvement areas.  In activities like an online formative assessment through Gimkit, Quizizz, or Quizlet, feedback can be instantaneous.  The students can immediately see the correct and incorrect answers and the teachers can provide remediation activities to help turn weaknesses into strengths.  For writing assignments, teachers can use edtech tools to help streamline the feedback. The Chrome extension called "e-comments" allows a teacher to use customizable canned comments in Google Docs to provide students with quick feedback.  E-comments also allows teachers to use voice, video, and speech-to-text comments as well!  Another edtech tool that we like here is EdjinotesEdjinotes can be used to model good proofreading practices as well as annotate any PDF or text that is copied or downloaded into the platform.

Summative Assessment Tier:

The summative assessment tier is where students have the opportunity to compare their former "pre-test knowledge" self to their current self through a summative assessment.  A summative assessment can be as simple as an on-paper assessment and could extend to the development of a taped presentation using screencast-o-matic, video using WeVideo, or online portfolio using New Google Sites.   If you are planning to use a summative assessment that involves not taking a paper test, we strongly recommend creating a rubric.  Rubrics are fantastic tools that allow the student to visually see their progress and shows them exactly where they are at in terms of mastery.

About the author, Eric

Eric Guise is a media specialist and technology coach with more than a decade of experience as a teacher.

Eric was named the 2016 Biology Teacher of Year by the New Jersey Biology Teachers Association and is currently pursuing an EdD in Leadership in Digital Transformation in Educational Technology.

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