By Cameron Dyett at April 14 2019 12:18:57
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.
From research, it has been noted that very easy worksheets encourages students to be less serious in their academics and it also makes the students to start losing focus. Reading comprehension worksheets should be designed in a way that will make the students to do the following after reading the test. The students should be able to get reference from the passage. They should be tested in the worksheet for scope assimilation. The worksheet should examine the students on the ability to recall details. Meaning of word vocabulary should also be tested by the comprehension worksheet.
Integrating the above can help them really understand it when they come up in their educational endeavors. For the advanced level worksheet, some of higher questions examining their level of understanding should be included for them to practice. The students should be able to get from the worksheet the intention of the author, structure of paragraph, significance of passage and meaning of important words. Also for poems we should be able to know if the students have really understood : Making reference. Figurative language. Point of view. Text structure and interactive genre
So the next time you do a search for curriculum materials, skip the worksheets. Instead, consider resources that provide interactive experiences or consider sites that provide students with challenging problems. These sites will more likely engage students, foster discussion, and build a true understanding of the purpose and joy of learning math.