Published at Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 - 10:29:57 AM. Kids Worksheet. By Karla Didier.
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 will not be identified until the next day. Doing a worksheet at home may or may not be successful. The parent must supervise every moment the child is working on the worksheet if mistakes are to get caught before practiced. No looking at the TV, no stepping into the kitchen to stir the soup, nothing! We have all heard the saying "Practice makes perfect." Unfortunately, it is not true. Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect. We do not want permanent mistakes! And as I have said before, there are many interesting, even exciting ways to teach and learn. Why use skill and drill worksheets when it is known how harmful they can be?
One of the most difficult and challenging things that you can do with elementary school students is get them to enjoy math. Addition worksheets and subtraction worksheets are not what most children want to be doing during their day. Math in basic terms is often all that easy to teach, but when it comes to teaching the more complicated theories of mathematics, around third grade, it can be a little more difficult to keep the students interested. It can be even more difficult to implement ways of teaching that can help the students understand the theories of multiplication without getting confused.
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