Monday, December 22, 2014
A Way to Think About Menus
I was making a list of math choices for my students when they were finished with the main lesson. I started describing the choices like the items on a menu:
Main Dish -- I want everyone to choose one of the items from this section.
Side Dish -- Once they have completed a main dish, they may choose items from this section.
Dessert Menu -- Only after completing items from the previous two sections, a student may choose from this list.
I use this format for computer time and writing choices also.
I schedule different subjects for different times of the day and the choices for fast finishers correspond to those subjects. I explain that I want my students to have a balanced diet across all subjects. They accept these choices from this structure.