Genevre Cassandre September 19, 2021 worksheet
When Not to Use Addition Worksheets Worksheets should not be used as ”busy” work. This is a method used by overworked and overwhelmed public school teachers. With many students working in one room at different levels, teachers have no choice but to give ”busy” work to maintain a sense of order in the classroom.
In 1986, mimeograph machines were (for the most part) replaced by digital copiers in elementary schools. Those of us teachers who experienced using mimeograph machines will forever remember the distinct smell of the still-damp, purple-ink worksheets that we handed out to our students – by the ream full. (If you’re like me, you can remember that smell right now!)
To know if you are on the right track with worksheets in your classroom, answer (honestly) these simple questions:
Remember that any activity which requires young learners to read, write, and rewrite important spelling words is great practice. Do not limit your ideas to the usual practices of writing each word in a sentence or copying it 10 times. Those are important activities to assign, but they should not be the only ones.
As in a previous article, I have chosen another very important reason to avoid skill and drill worksheets, and I will explain in detail why it is a concern.
Accomplishing your goal is not any different from a road trip to Orlando, Florida. You know you will arrive, but you don’t the exact time or route.