Choice Boards

Differentiated Instruction
Choice Boards
 Are often referred to as
 Tic-Tac-Toe Boards
 Extension Boards
 Thinking Boards
 Provide an entry point for
DI in Core Instruction
Instruction can be differentiated for individual
profiles, interests, and readiness by adjusting:
 Content – what students will learn and the materials
that represent that learning
 Process – methods students use to make sense of the
 Product – how students will demonstrate what they
know, understand or are able to do
 Learning Environment – the culture and
surroundings in which students learn best
Choice Boards
 List of activities selected by the teacher
 Often resemble a tic-tac-toe board
 Aligned to the learning goals
 Developed to meet specific needs of the learner
 Allows student to show evidence of learning
 Provide structured activities to :
 Gain confidence with the learning target/skill
 Practice the learning target/skill,
 Extend the learning
 Provide evidence of learning
Instructional Advantages
 Designed to meet the needs of individuals and
small groups
 Teach, reinforce, practice or enhance learning
 Give students choice of learning tasks
 Give students choices to show what they know
 Enhance the learners ownership in their learning
Teachers Role
 Identify the purpose of the Choice Board
 Teach, practice, enhance, extend
 Determine suitable activities based on learner needs
 Create meaningful activities aligned to learning goals
 Visit and talk with student groups and/or individuals
to become informed about progress
 Based the choices on topics or higher order thinking
Tips for designing
 Does the activity address a learning need?
 Is the activity directly aligned to a learning goal?
 Remove any activities that are “busy work”
 Activities are for students to learn, practice or extend
the learning.
 Plan activities in 20-30 minute chunks.
 Are all materials readily available?
 Can the activity be completed with little or no adult
What do you notice in the design of this and
the following choice boards?
Next Steps
Explore some of the examples on the web page
Select a student learning expectation
List the scaffolded skills needed to master the SLE
Create a choice Board for your class.
 FYI: Choice boards can made with pictures instead of
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