I am very guilty of not offering many different ways to show what students learned, however, we openly discuss how the lesson is going to go and many times I make adjustments to it according to what my students tell me. For instance, while Station Rotation is a great tool, one of my classes told me that they were tired of rotating and we came up with “stationery station rotations” where we still had a timer, but students moved on to the next activity without physically moving from their desks. I don’t like it as well, but they do, so we are doing this, at least for now. I do ask students to come up with different ideas, and even if we cannot implement them immediately, I think about it and I come up with some other way of doing things, which we try out at a later date. I think that at least I am building relationships and I am sending a message that students’ ideas matter, that we are all in this together, building it as we go.
My problem is more in the testing, I do think that a choice board should be my next new thing I try out.
One thing at a time, as long was we keep on making things better… Thanks for the opportunity to share. DJ