Choice Boards allow for effective classroom management while developing the skills children need to be successful in and out of the classroom. These Choice Board templates offer differentiation and teacher choice for what best fits their classroom. Examples of these Choice Boards and ways to use them in the classroom are below!
Choice Boards in the Classroom
One way to differentiate student choice is to offer fewer choices at first. If you have a student who likes to choose the same center, then this method might be for you! After printing the Choice Board PDF place the choice boards in a dry erase sleeve. Your student can use a dry erase marker to circle their choice for the day. The dollar store is a great place to find these sleeves. You can also find them here.
This option is great if you don’t want to print multiple boards. All you need to print and laminate are the center picture options and board you’d like to use for your student. By placing the center picture options with velcro, your student can choose which station they would like to go to by removing the other card. You have the ability to have up to nine rotations with these choice boards.
The Choice Board to the right is one of the versions that was created to help with students traveling from one station to another or to conserve desk space.
Another way to organize your student’s choice board is with a laminated file folder. Simply print out the choice board you’d like to use with the My Choices PDF. Then glue the My Choices pages to the inside of the folder and the Choice Board PDF to the outside. After you laminate the folder, add velcro to the inside and outside of the laminated folder. On the inside of the file folder, you can have all of the choices your student can choose from. They put their center choices on the front of the file folder. This is what they can carry with them from one center to the next.
Students write their choices on their checklist and this checklist is sent home everyday. You can also keep a copy of these for your records. This allows you to track when your student goes to each center.
There is also a “Look at Me” certificate that students can earn as well! This could be earned if the student completes their centers and uphold classroom expectations. Simply staple the certificate to their “Today I Chose…” checklist.
Hopefully these Choice Board Templates are the solution you were hoping for in having differentiated and effective classroom management during centers! I’ve had lots of success with Choice Boards in my classroom and I’m hoping the same happens for you too!