Personalized Learning Strategy:

Let Students Make Decisions in your Classroom

NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Amplify Learner Voice Course

In addition to making choices about their individual learning, students should be invited to engage in decisions that happen in their classrooms that affect them, their peers, and their educators. These decisions can range from something simple and small such as what music to listen to all the way to larger decisions such as what the arrangement of the furniture should be or what the class pet might be and how to take care of it. This is more than just listening to students’ opinions and taking that into consideration when making a decision as the adult in the classroom but instead is bringing students to the decision-making table in your classroom.

Bright Spots

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Shared Classroom Ownership

Students in a class at VIDA in Vista Unified write the songs they want on a shared playlist on the board. Giving students ownership over what songs play in the classroom gives them shared ownership of the classroom environment. They also all list the materials that they want for their scrapbook project.

Student Leadership

Students in Hampton Township Elementary can sign up to lead morning meetings.

Student-Designed Spaces

This teacher gave the decisions about how to organize the furniture over to her students at the beginning of the year.


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Associated Learner-Centered Competencies:

Engage students as problem solvers

Engage learners as decision-makers: I provide opportunities for learners to engage in classroom or school-based decision-making.