“You can make a child sit at his or her desk, but only the child can decide to learn. Engaging a student’s intrinsic motivation is the holy grail of academicians everywhere.”
– Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis in Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds
Choice is such a powerful concept yet something that is so often lacking in schools (for both teachers and students). What do you do to create opportunities for student choice in your classroom? How do you foster opportunities for students to build, invent, question, or have meaning?
In this chapter, Julie and Vicki offer many structures and suggestions for how to give students choice in the classroom. What have you already tried that you’ve found successful? Where do you find challenges?