Author: Ingrid Kehlhofer
Role: K-12 Classroom teacher
Location: Yonkers, NY
What strategies can be used to ensure student choice in an environment where textbooks are the norm?
Identify a particular lens for each student to use to approach the material, ie. focusing on the facts, looking at the motivation of a character or historical personage...
Differentiated assignments based on interests: illustrate, write about or chart the basic concepts addressed in the chapter.
Instead of relying on the textbook summary and/or questions, have students create the summaries, questions and illustrations.
Stage debates where students argue from various viewpoints.