Choice Board

Earlier in the semester in our methods grad course, we had an assignment to create a choice board for our content area. We had recently discussed diversity and multiple intelligences and this assignment was a type of assessment over those topics.

A choice board is a visual display of optional products the students can complete in order for you to assess their learning.  The products that are displayed on the choice board represent a variety of multiple intelligences.  

There are two ways to design the board.  (1) All products assess the same standard / content, and students choose one to complete.  (2) Product options assess different standards / content, and students choose more than one to complete (i.e., one from each standard).

I chose the first option because it was the easiest.

Here were our instructions:

  • Create a Choice Board relating to content you teach in your class. 
  • Choice Boards must be visually appealing – easy to read, neat, larger than a piece of paper (poster board or display board would work well.
  • If assessment relates to one standard / content, you must have at least five product options; If multiple product options are displayed related to multiple standards / content, you must have at least three product options per standard.
  • Each product option relating to the same standard must address a different multiple intelligence. 
  • Any information students need to complete the products needs to be though through and included either on the Choice Board, or as a supplemental handout (which could be laid by the board).
  • You will bring the finished Choice Board to class and explain the standard(s) and choices with your classmates.
At the time of the assignment I had just finished teaching parallel lines and transversals. My first year of teaching I had found an assignment where students had to draw their own city and place specific locations (library, school, park, etc) at specific angle pairs (corresponding to, at alternate interiors, etc). I took that idea and branched out from there to create product descriptions for other multiple intelligences.

The high school teachers decided actual poster/display board was a little elementary for us so I decided to make a clickable PowerPoint.

Here are the seven slides in case you just want to see. Ok, because I want you to look.

Here is the link if you want to use it.

If you do use it, please come back and share what happened!


  1. When I give a talk on Lies My Education Teacher Told Me (I'm working on one for next year) learning styles will top the list. I urge you to read some current cognitive science, or at least watch the video in the second link (which is quite clear and nontechnical).

    Are Learning Styles Dead?

    Learning Styles Don't Exist

  2. Jason,
    I don't believe in learning styles either but this is the assignment I had. I probably won't ever use it but just wanted to share it because I think it's pretty and someone else might need it.