Published at Saturday, 17 October 2020. Worksheets. By Noor Mann.
Pamela Haack is an educational consultant, national presenter and keynote speaker. She is co-founder, along with authorinstructor, Mary Peterson, of Teacher Online Classes, an organization that offers e-resources and online seminars and workshops for educators.
Both lower-level-thinking worksheets and too many (even high quality) worksheets can hold students back by not providing stimulus and challenge. Studies have shown for years (just do a Google search!) that children learn best through active involvement and real-life experiences. Virtually every teacher knows that children learn to read by being exposed to books and by being read to, NOT by completing worksheets. The same applies to all areas of learning.
2. Know the author's background. This person needs to have a background in education and, ideally, should be trained in the latest educational methods, like brain-based teachinglearning. I personally would never use any materials with my child that didn't specifically mention being "brain-based." I am not talking about just "research-based." I see more and more sites claiming to have research-based materials, but what I find is definitely NOT based on how the brains actually learns. Brain-based learning is relatively new in the educational world, but most worksheet sites and materials are using old science or, more often, no science at all.
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