I have a classroom that offers a lot of choices and freedoms. Chances are, on any given time or day if you were to walk into my classroom, my students are never working on the same task and if they are, they are making their learning visible in different ways. My students have their own personal work space, however they also are free to sit anywhere in the room and in our Learning Commons next to us. Sometimes my students need a quiet space to record something, and sometimes they need a space where they can collaborate with their peers. I encourage oral language in my classroom, and collaboration, I also expect attentive and active listening to whomever is speaking. My classroom is where I encourage investigation, wonder and inquiry.
Some of my students have not added to the wall yet, they needed some extra thinking time, and that's okay. They know that when they are ready they can scan the QR code on the wall and add their wonder. My students are already talking about Free Choice Friday this week and what they want to learn about. Will I allow the students that want to write a blog post or read a book with a friend instead of researching one of their wonders? Of course I will, because that is what personal choice is all about.