This EdWeek video written by Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski describes how choice can help motivate students and provides several tangible ways to provide students with choice along a few dimensions.


Studies show that giving students a role in deciding what their educational experience looks like can help motivate them. Larry Ferlazzo describes choice as the varying degree of control over what needs to happen and how it can be done. In this video he discusses various dimensions of choice, including organizational choice, procedural choice, and cognitive choice and provides tangible ways educators can provide students with choice. For example, organizational choice can include designing the classroom environment, like determining what materials get put on the wall, where students sit, or who students work with and is most effective if students also provide a justification for their choice and an action plan to course correct if their choices don't provide the results they expect.


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4 minutes