Students benefit from choice during work periods and break periods to increase self-regulation, provide autonomy and encourage cooperation.
Provide a menu of choices during independent work time and when a student earns or requires a break. The menu can say, “I can choose______ to calm my body.” I will set the timer for five minutes.
I choose: (circle one)
- Doing wall push-ups
- Using the paper tearing tray
- Creating a comic strip drawing
- Coloring a mandala
Written by Kathy Furlong Silverio
Reviewed by Kristen L. Hodneet