Published at Monday, April 15th, 2019 - 08:07:02 AM. Worksheet. By Vivien Poirier.
Worksheets do not teach. They check what kids know. If someone handed me a basic calculus worksheet and said, “Here you go. This will help you learn calculus,” I’d be at a complete loss. Now if I got on the phone and called my twin brother (for whom calculus is simple math), he could talk me through it and I might have a chance of understanding it. Please keep this in mind when handing your child a worksheet. If it’s a new skill, sit right there and coach him through it. Worksheets can be a cop-out. Sound a little harsh? My opinion is that teachers and homeschoolers who rely on worksheets are choosing not to find ways to really challenge and interest their kids. It’s the easy way out. Worksheets might not allow higher level thinking. Most worksheets have just one right answer, or one way to complete them. If we consistently keep our kids inside a box, they won’t be able to stretch. Teachers who use worksheets may not be teaching what their students are ready to learn. It really, really makes me cringe when a teacher or homeschooling parent has an entire year’s worth of worksheets printed and ready to go before the school year starts. (And yes, I’m including pre-printed workbooks here.) How do you know that’s what your child will need to learn? Maybe your first grader struggles with addition in August. But she could have a firm grasp on it by December. Are you still going to give her all those pre-printed worksheets or have her complete every page in that workbook? Challenge her with something new.
How to Make Teacher Worksheets in 5 Easy Steps. Worksheets are definitely the backbone to students learning and grasping concepts taught by the teacher. Making your own worksheets is easy, and it allows you to include just the right material that you want to be sure your students can learn and commit to memory. Here are instructions on how to make worksheets in five easy steps. The first thing you need to do is know the information that you want to include on your worksheet. Make yourself an outline of what you want included. You must then decide how you want to present the questions or puzzles to the students. Do you want to make it a word search puzzle with a secret message at the bottom of the worksheet to reinforce a lesson concept? Do you want it to be a multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank worksheet whereas students need to use their textbooks in order to answer the questions correctly?
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