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NewCAteacher 09-03-2019 12:09 PM

No worksheets.
Does this phrase annoy anyone else? Lol. How do you go an entire school day without doing some type of paper/pencil work? Are we supposed to be using manipulatives for every single lesson? Iím pretty sure that would be a disaster! Iím not a fan of throwing a worksheet in front of a kid without any instruction on how to do the work. However, this phrase annoys me. Especially when our entire math curriculum is NOTHING but worksheets.

Countingdown 09-03-2019 03:28 PM

Worksheets allow kids to practice skills and concepts they are learning. I donít consider myself a big worksheet teacher but my students usually have something to do after the instruction. There are some teachers who give packets with four or five pages. That to me is a worksheet teacher. There is nothing wrong with a page of paper and pencil practice.

Haley23 09-03-2019 04:16 PM

My previous school was like this. It was more about saving money on copies than anything else :rolleyes:. They wanted us to display one copy of whatever we were doing and then have the students copy it down in their notebooks before working on it. Yeah, that's a great use of instructional time. And we all know how difficult that is for many of the lower kids- they'd get frustrated before they even began the "real" work!

Eln 09-03-2019 04:27 PM

Worksheets are one type of manipulative. Some how worksheets got a bad rap.

In my opinion, dumping a box of pattern blocks in the floor without giving instruction for learning to occur is just as bad as using worksheet after worksheet without instruction also.

I remember someone said that dumping linking cube on the floor without instruction is better than any worksheet. I disagreed and asked, "So are you saying that teaching a concept and providing demonstration to show the class how to work with the concept and then have students working in groups to show each other how to work with the concept, and then bringing it home with an individual worksheet where the "child" shows how he/she can work with the concept independently is not as valuable as dumping linking cubes on the floor without any instruction to how to use the linking cube to work through a concept and watching students build towers that have nothing to do with what concept thay is suppose to be taught or watching students throw linking cubes at each other is more value because linking cubes are considered more acceptable manipulative than "worksheets?"

My opinion is use the manipulative or strategies that works best for you - for you teach each concept to the group of kids you are assigned.

seenthelight 09-03-2019 05:35 PM

I think this applies to a very specific kind of teacher. We all have to use worksheets at one point or another. Sometimes the kids need that practice, but Iím some classes itís all they do. The kids never actually have to apply the skill.

Sbkangas5 09-03-2019 06:15 PM

Like everything, moderation is key. Absolutely no worksheets is very hard to do and, like many have said, sometimes you need a worksheet for showing independence or practicing things like handwriting. I have a million ways for my kinders to practice handwriting, but doing it on a worksheet is a way for me to record it and a way for their parents to see their work.

That said, my kids do maybe one worksheet a day. I don't really like them and I don't rely on them. Our last math curriculum was very worksheet based and I hated it.

I do find it funny when people cut up a worksheet, glue it into a notebook, and suddenly they aren't using a worksheet any more. LOL

Song of Joy 09-03-2019 07:57 PM

I agree so much with everyone's remarks.

iloveglitter2 09-06-2019 05:57 PM

I started out in a school that was worksheet happy. There was little instruction, the kids were just given a worksheet. Our admin insisted on seeing copies of the worksheets per each day. Then I went to an anti-worsksheet school. It was more about saving money on copies. But, it was so hard. Like everyone said moderation! I think some classes you have to adjust for them. The class I have now I think I am going to add more worksheets just so parents can see their work!

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