This week we discussed 'Choice of Expression' as it relates to current and future social studies units. We debated on 'what choice means,' 'what level of choices we should provide students' and 'how it is scaffolded.'
We discussed that choice of expression should allow students to find new ways to problem solve and complete work in a way that would help them develop a deeper understanding of their current social studies units.
Ms. Salazar shared two ways she is incorporates choice as a basic level by sharing her current objective and image assignment:
Which brought us to some concerns. Many of us voiced concerns over what level of choice to give our students. Some teachers were concerned their students were not yet at a level where they would be able to make choices that truly empowered their learning. A lot of us felt that often times offering so many choices for a project presented numerous time constraints in supporting students in completing projects in this manner. With one teacher in the room and 30+ students we discussed that for certain assignments choice of expression is not always possible or realistic.
We will continue to discuss how to scaffold choice of expression, how to manage time and be looking for examples of how to better incorporate choice of expression into our classrooms.