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

Further Reading:

Menus: Providing Choice in the Classroom Increases Engagement by Jennifer Stadtmiller

All About Differentiated Instruction with Menus by Janelle Cox

Written by Kathy Furlong Silverio
Reviewed by Kristen L. Hodneet


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