Math Choice Board Menu (PT1)

Monday, June 8, 2015
As we near the end of the school year, I find that students lose that momentum - that drive to get work completed. My co-teacher and I really wanted to keep it going.

Let's face it, if it was just to get them to the last week -- we'll take it! 

For 6th and 7th grade, we finished the Probability and Statistics unit. As we sat down to co-plan our next steps, we realized it's standardized testing season (i.e. PARCC, NWEA, REACH). Yikes.

We wanted to ensure that:

  • Students were going to have a break from all that testing
  • Still had brain work/ quality instruction. 
  • All students needs were met since Learning Behavior Specialists (LBS) were going to be out testing students (i.e. extended time, separate setting, testing over several days). 
  • Interchangeable for different grade levels and with another co-teacher

We decided that the best strategy was a choice board menu, which would meet all the criterion listed.
A choice board menu has so much to offer, here's just some of the benefits:

  • Higher level thinking is involved in the student created products
  • Products from all learning styles
  • Free choice
  • Specific guidelines/ Expectations
  • Mixed ability levels
Here's how I set it up:
  • List of math concepts for both 6th & 7th
  • Standard based grading rubrics
  • Instructions for each component of the menu
  • Gathered materials for each component
Choice board menu and separate folders for each component
(i.e. math concepts sheets, extra directions, and small materials)

Directions were posted on a clothesline, in the classroom for student reference.
Here's a great site that has a lot of resources and templates!

Tune in next time for a break down of the components and how we (the general education teacher and two learning specialists) collaborated to set up this project!


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