I’ve had those moments on the schedule when free choice is an option. I will be changing that going forward.
I can argue that during that time students can build collaborative skills or focus on an interest- I want to keep these benefits, but the name needs a revamp.
I want students to use their time to follow an interest, to learn something new, try out an idea, explore. Today I provided students with several options.
-write a story
-create a dramatic scene
-investigate the multiplication table for patterns
The room was almost evenly split. I worked with each group and everyone was engaged. I need to try more of these structured free times…but what should I call it?
I’m open to suggestions!