By Arnoldus Hoefnagel at April 14 2019 19:34:51
Math worksheets don't provide immediate feedback _ Most teachers are familiar with the long delay between when students complete a worksheet, and when they get their correct page. Most don't get anything back until the next day or the next week. In the meantime, the students continue to practice incorrectly. It's no surprise that immediate feedback has been shown to increase student performance and diligence. Unfortunately, math worksheets have no mechanism for keeping a student from moving to the next problem until after they demonstrate understanding.
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. As far as using worksheets for busy work, the verdict is in. It is destructive to classroom learning to assign worksheets to simply keep students occupied. Busy work creates monotony, causes boredom and increases the likelihood of behavior problems. Period.
How do you copy a worksheet with a master format such as a quarterly or monthly layout? Please don't say copy and paste! This choice does not give you an exact copy and you'll waste tons of time trying to re_format columns and re_create other formatting. Although the worksheet tab shortcut menu is one way to copy, especially across workbooks (the Move or Copy option), a fast and easy approach is to hold [Ctrl] while dragging a worksheet tab to a new location in the workbook. Your mouse pointer will look like a page with a plus (+) sign. Release the mouse first and then [Ctrl] to see the new worksheet. Finish by renaming the copy.
Now, as a former teacher I am not saying that one should never use math worksheets; however, I do believe that many teachers are using a very superficial method of instruction that relies too much on low_level math worksheets and hands_off instructional approaches. Worksheet lessons move from reading the directions aloud, to doing sample problems as a group, to completing the worksheet independently (or at home with parents), day in and day out. Teaching needs to be more than passing out worksheets. Whether you are the classroom teacher, instructional specialist, or parent, the methods you use greatly impact the level of understanding achieved by your students.