How to Use Choice Boards to Differentiate Learning
A choice board is a graphic organizer that allows students to choose how they will learn a concept. The choice board below has nine squares. (There is no minimum or maximum, however nine seems to be a good number.) Inside each square is an activity. Students can choose one or several activities to complete. Choice boards can be organized so students need to finish one square before moving to the next, they can be random, or can be organized in a specific way. The level of difficulty of the activities can vary or stay consistent.
The activities on the choice board below have a similar level of difficulty. If you want students to complete multiple activities on the choice board, have students play tic tac toe (by themselves), completing three activities in a row. Be sure to put the most fun activity in the center.
This art history choice board was created for students to use if they finish an art project before the class is ready to start the next project.
Each choice board should revolve around a single concept or learning expectation that you want them to focus on. Art history is the concept for this choice board. Each square contains an activity related to the multiple intelligences. Students choose an activity to complete. Almost all activities are completed as individuals with one exception (the intrapersonal square.)
The choice board is attached to a bulletin board in the back of the classroom. There is a folder with detailed instructions for each activity on the bulletin board. These are intended to be independent, additional activities for students to work on once they complete their art projects. This choice board was created for middle school students and could be adapted for younger students by using pictures and different activities.
Have you ever used a choice board in your art classroom?
If you created a choice board for your classroom, what concept or topic would you choose?