Loraine Anna September 19, 2021 worksheet
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 teaching/learning. 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.
While it may be possible for you to do a lot of the work on your own, in a ”do it yourself” fashion, it is always wise to have your efforts overseen by a professional who can guide you and steer your efforts in the right direction, and who can monitor and evaluate your child’s progress at regular, routine intervals.
– Are my lesson plans based on worksheets? (The answer should be no.)
Summarizing – Summarizing is essential in processing and categorizing all of the information obtained. Students must be able to identify main ideas, discriminate essential and nonessential information, and build this new information into their current schema.
I am not naive. I know that making mistakes is a normal part of learning, and I know that sometimes there is benefit in teaching from mistakes. But a mistake made once is not the issue here. Skill and drill worksheets provide the unpleasant opportunity for repetition of a mistake. In a classroom setting, a student may have the sheet ”completed” before the teacher can make it back around the room. The mistake gets practiced several times and probably won’t be identified until the next day.
Individual music theory worksheets have to concentrate on one topic only. It mustn’t contain any extra information which a student doesn’t require to know during this stage of learning. Too much detailing only ends up confusing the learner and could be safely left out. The importance lies in making sure whatever is learnt, is learnt well. The student needs to know the relevant points at this stage of his music education. Music theory worksheets must be written in a simple to read style and have relevant graphics added.