Student Voice & Choice

Letting students have a voice in what and how they learn provides an opportunity for them to see themselves in their curriculum.  Not only does this increase engagement, but it also gives students a strong context for their learning that helps scaffold new learning.  When students have that strong context, they can start applying their learning in real and meaningful situations.  


Why Use Student Voice & Choice?
Watch this video to learn more about why using student voice and choice in your classroom can help with student engagement.

Starter Kit

Here are some strategies for using student voice and choice in your classroom.

Source: UDL Guidelines

Additional Resources


Universal Design for Learning: Optimize Individual Choice & Autonomy 

Voice and Choice: It's More Than Just "What" (Edutopia)

Gold Standard: Student Voice & Choice (PBLWorks)

Student Voice & Choice: How I Learned to Let Go of the Reins (PBLWorks)

  • This article focuses on a World Language class, though the ideas can be used across content areas.


Making Student Agency Sustainable (Catlin Tucker)

Are you a curator or a dumper? (Cult of Pedagogy)


Student Voice & Choice (Vermont Agency of Education)

Personalized Learning: Enabling Voice & Choice Through Projects (Edutopia)


Worldwise Learning

The Curious Classroom