Improving Student Engagement Through Choice


Presenter: David Sebek, Joe Bernhart, Troy Drayton
T-TESS Domain: Planning 1.3
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

If variety is the spice of life, choices are the avenue for expressing our unique personalities and preferences. Choices in the classroom allow students to engage in their learning with a unique and personalized approach. Guided by the teacher, choices motivate students to engage more deeply with the curriculum than a one-size-fits-all approach. In “Improving Student Engagement Through Choice,” teachers will learn three simple ways choice can be built into their lesson planning in order to increase student buy-in in the classroom.

This course specifically addresses the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). 

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A world without choices would be a world more suited to robots than to human beings. After all, an ice cream shop that only sold one flavor would not stay in business very long! Choices in the classroom enable students to build on their strengths and to experience learning in a way that is unique to their experiences. Choice raises students’ investment in the content of lessons by helping them to connect more personally with the curriculum than a “one-size-fits-all” approach that feels impersonal. In addition, providing choice in the classroom helps break through the routine of classroom life that often leads students to tune out.

In this 1-hour course, teachers will:

  • Learn how choice enhances relevance and motivates students to engage in the curriculum.
  • Practice tools for building choice into the content, process, and product of the unit study
  • Have the opportunity to view three demonstrations using choice in various classroom settings

This course specifically addresses the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). 

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32 reviews for Improving Student Engagement Through Choice

  1. Leslie – ALVARADO ISD (verified owner)

    This course has some good ideas and refreshers on how to provide choice for students.

  2. Laura – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Great course on promoting student choice!

  3. Rosalinda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    i enjoyed it

  4. Juan – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)

    Excellent course. It really showed me how choice in the classroom allows for student academic growth and makes it something meaningful for students.

  5. Diana – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    It was a verry good course.

  6. Inocencio – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Great Course

  7. Xochitl – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Great training.

  8. melissa – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    great ideas in giving student choices in the classroom.

  9. yvonne – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    I think this course was great in explaining why its important to give students a choice when choosing a book or working on a project.

  10. Lane – EANES ISD (verified owner)

    There wasn’t much in here to use. In fact, it seemed like an advertisement for the books the speakers had written. I’m looking for PD that gives me examples I can use now rather than having to go but and read a book.

  11. Griselda C. – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Great explanation on giving students choices and how it helps validate them.

  12. Maria – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    The course provides good information about why choices are needed in a lesson.

  13. Lorena – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Great course!

  14. Jockebeth – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)


  15. Martha – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting!

  16. Sandra – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting topic

  17. Dezman – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)


  18. Pamela – TIPP CITY EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)

    Great course

  19. David – Pilot (verified owner)

    This was a well thought out course about including choice for students.

  20. Sonya – BASTROP ISD (verified owner)

    I would have liked to see more strategies or examples from other domains

  21. Elizabeth – BASTROP ISD (verified owner)

    This course for a credit of one hour moved quickly and provided the basics for providing choice in the lesson based on the course objectives.

  22. Irma – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    This is an excellent course, however more ideas would of been helpful. Really would to work on this TEKS as a goal.

  23. Elizabeth – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    very important information

  24. Jeffrey – EANES ISD (verified owner)

    It was good. Quick and to the point. No time wasting anecdotes.

  25. Demi – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    effective course

  26. Patricia – HUMBLE ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this course. It was very concise and to the point. The course being connected to one of the T-Tess domains was very helpful.

  27. Silvia – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Good information.

  28. Melida – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Easy to follow along. Short and to the point. No fluff!

  29. Emily – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    It was good with many examples.

  30. Sherry – Mobile County School District (verified owner)

    This was relevant for me. My students generally like to have choice in their assignments, especially in the product. This also challenges me to add more choice in the content and process as well.

  31. Kimberly – New Lexington City Schools (verified owner)

    This course gave some interesting thoughts about allowing for choice by the students.



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