Published at Saturday, 17 October 2020. Worksheets. By Noor Mann.
Then along came digital copiers and the purple-ink mimeograph machine disappeared. But the teaching tool that the mimeograph machine spawned - the worksheet - has lived on... and on... and on. For decades - literally decades - teachers have been enamored with worksheets. So what is the bottom line? Are worksheets a serious teaching tool or an over-used form of busy work? The answer, of course, is both.
If you must use worksheets, then be sure you do the following 6 things:1. Know what you are buying. If you can't see it (there is no sample shown), then do not buy it. There are many people out there trying to make a buck off the current popularity of worksheets. Many, if not most, of these people know nothing about mathematics, teaching, or how the brain learns. Anyone can type columns of addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc. problems; but these worksheets will be bad for your child. Don't trust what you can't see.
Some free worksheets are not good quality - the pictures are fuzzy, backgrounds print grey or speckled - and children tend to notice these things. If you are using the worksheets to educate your child, you may want to choose good quality worksheets that encourage your child to produce good quality work. After all, it's a little difficult to ask your child to color within the lines and work neatly when the worksheet they are filling in hasn't done the same.
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