A growing number of schools and families today believe offering
students choices can increase their sense of
“ownership” in their learning. I am among them.
I’ve seen students come alive when their teacher provides
them options for their next project, paper, or capstone assignment.
As choices increase, we believe student engagement will also
deepen—and it does for the most part.
The downside is now showing up and it requires wise leadership on
When offering choices, we must remember a teen’s brain is
still developing. They don’t always make the best decisions
for themselves. For example:
- Jaclyn, a sophomore, was given
a choice on her science project, and she chose the one that was the
most “fun” for her.
- Tyler, a freshman, chose a
project that was the “easiest” for him.
- Chase, a freshman, picked the
one that he could “finish the fastest.”
It makes sense doesn’t it? Kids are pragmatic—why not
get this thing over with and not suffer in the process?
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Thanks, Coach Bill