Published at Monday, April 22nd, 2019 - 10:53:03 AM. Worksheet. By Natalii Mallet.
How to Create Fun Teaching Worksheets. How do you create fun teaching worksheets? Do fun and worksheets even belong in the same sentence together? Let’s face it. Most students don’t want to sit around doing worksheets. However, sometimes it’s necessary to have students complete a worksheet to practice a skill or assess their skills. When this is the case, you can still make it fun for students by utilizing these tips. Games, Make the experience fun by turning the lesson into a teaching game. For example, students could roll dice to determine what activities they need to do or complete a puzzle. Reward students with points for discovering the correct answers or locating mistakes on the assignment. You could even have students make mistakes on purpose, so other students can find them and correct them.
Worksheets Do Not Allow for Higher Level Thinking, Again, worksheets are there for spitting out information. Where is the thinking in that? Hands on manipulation of objects, gives children the opportunity to create hypothesis, test them out, and use their problem solving and critical thinking skills to completely understand how it works. Worksheets May Be “Teaching” What a Child is Not Ready For or Interested In, This is more towards workbooks, especially if you follow the workbook page by page. Just because the workbook says it’s for 3 year olds, does not mean your child is ready for it. Related: What to Teach My Preschooler and When to Teach It. It’s best to teach your child based on their interests and signs of readiness. A workbook does not allow room for every child’s unique growth and development sequence. Worksheets Leave No Room to Challenge The Norm. This is a huge one for me. When I taught in the public schools, we were told to get kids to think for themselves and defend their answers. But, their answers and evidence must match the teacher’s guide and test answer key. Really? How is it possible to get a child to think for themselves and defend their position, but also be correct 100% of the time according to an answer key? It’s just not possible! I look at it this way, if a child can defend their answer to any question using evidence then it’s correct whether the answer key says so or not. In 20 years, do we want people running this country who only know how to give one answer, or do we want people who can be creative and think outside the box?
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