Essentials for Teaching – The Power of Choice


Presenter: Joyce Juntune, Ph.D.
Core Area: Planning 1.3, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.3, Instruction 2.4, Learning Environment 3.3
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.25

Choice is a powerful tool in education. When students have a say in what goes on in the classroom, they feel more engaged and invested in their learning. In this lesson from Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., you’ll learn three easy ways to provide your students with powerful choices in the classroom. 


Education is not about teachers finding ways to get their students to do what they want them to do. Instead, educators must ensure that students have a say in what happens in the classroom; they must find ways to provide their students with choice.

In this video, Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., teaches you how to harness the power of choice in your classroom. By the end of this brief lesson, you will have learned how to do the following:

  • Provide your students with choice in the classroom through free-time activities, assignments, and research projects
  • Ensure that your students are making intentional choices about how to maximize their free time for learning
  • Connect assignment choice to student interest
  • Foster student curiosity in learning through active questioning and investigation

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8 reviews for Essentials for Teaching – The Power of Choice

  1. Rebecca – SPRING ISD (verified owner)


  2. Joshua – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    Although not very extensive, I enjoyed the topic and the ideas presented; however, the Course Quiz being only 2 questions was far too short.

  3. Sarah – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    It did not give me very many examples of what to offer the kids.

  4. Kim – Morgan Local Schools (verified owner)

    I loved this course. These are very good ideas that I look forward to using in my classroom.

  5. Kenna – Texas A&M University (verified owner)

    This course helped me think of new ideas and ways to give students choice within my room.

  6. Timothy – TIPP CITY EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)

    Very helpful

  7. Ashley – DENTON ISD (verified owner)

    This was an insightful way to offer choices. It was full of examples and real life situations.

  8. RLAPI3 – Test District (verified owner)

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