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Student Choice and Agency

Blended and personalized educators seek to engage students deeply with learning objectives by understanding their motivations and interests and giving them choice and agency in their work. Educators use different strategies to understand interests as well as to apply boundaries to student choice depending on developmental or mastery levels.

Student Choice and Agency Strategies in Action

Class Dojo Dollars

Holmes Elementary School

Class Dojo Dollars

Amplify Dojo incentives with a classroom economy.

Workshop

Holmes Elementary School

Workshop

Student Led Collaborative Groups

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Pleasant View Elementary School

Student Choice of Learning Pathway and Pace

Using diagnostics and assessments to give students control over what they learn and at what pace

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Pleasant View Elementary School

Enrichment Academies

Weekly learning time to promote creativity and interdisciplinary learning

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Pleasant View Elementary School

Student Choice of Work Partners

Students can choose to partner with other students to improve their learning experience

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Lindsay High School

Learner Choice of Learning Resources

Providing Learners options to choose how they learn

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Lindsay High School

Learner Choice as to How To Demonstrate Higher-Level Mastery

Learners choose how they want to demonstrate mastery knowledge to increase engagement

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Lindsay High School

Learner Choice of Mastery Level

Flexibility to meet minimum thresholds or aim for higher mastery to improve time management and...

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LPS Richmond

Student Choice Over Path, Place, and Modalities

Students choose assignments and learning resources to create a more personalized learning experience

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LPS Richmond

Assessment Initiated by Student

Students request assessments to demonstrate mastery and set pace of course

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LPS Richmond

Daily and Weekly Goal-Setting

Students review their data to determine goals for the day and week

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Roots Elementary

Co-creation of schedules

Collecting feedback from students to create a personalized learning schedule

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ReNEW DTA Academy

Student Support Structures

Creating a structure of supports to help struggling students

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ReNEW DTA Academy

Partnering Choice

Allowing students to choose how they work best to increase productivity

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ReNEW DTA Academy

Students Choose Learning Objectives

Providing students choice in what they learn to increase engagement

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CICS West Belden

Student Input in Classroom Layout

Engaging students in physical design choices to increase ownership and engagement

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CICS West Belden

Defaulting to Independent Learning Time

Shared expectation to keep students on task

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CICS West Belden

Student Interest Surveys

Surveying to understand interests and inform Learner Profiles

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CICS West Belden

Student Choice in Resources and Assignments through “Menus”

Offering options over when and how to create choice

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Supporting Student-Initiated Assessment

Students who are ready for an assessment write their name and the title of the...

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Structures for Supporting Self-Directed Learning

Teachers created clear norms and supports to help students be effective...

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Flexible Working Groups

Teachers group students based on need and provide targeted instruction.

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Multi-Pronged Student Support Structure

Students have a number of resources they can turn to for support.

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Graduated Student Content Choice in Personalized Learning Plans

Teachers provide structure and support for students up front in their learning...

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Customized Playlists to Keep Learners on Track

Facilitators create playlists aligned with learning standards.

Photo of classroom with indication showing student is signing up for assessment on the whiteboard at front of class
Supporting Student-Initiated Assessment

Students who are ready for an assessment write their name and the title of the...

Photo of students working independently at classroom table
Structures for Supporting Self-Directed Learning

Teachers created clear norms and supports to help students be effective...

Photo of classroom with multiple groups of students working at tables with teachers
Flexible Working Groups

Teachers group students based on need and provide targeted instruction.

Photo of teacher working with small group of seated students
Multi-Pronged Student Support Structure

Students have a number of resources they can turn to for support.

Photo of student working on paper and looking at laptop screen
Graduated Student Content Choice in Personalized Learning Plans

Teachers provide structure and support for students up front in their learning...

Photo of group of students seated at table working on laptops
Customized Playlists to Keep Learners on Track

Facilitators create playlists aligned with learning standards.