From a teacher`s perspective our competition is tough. Passing out a handout of 30 problems that are all in a format of 534x25= is not as stimulating in the students` eyes as playing games such as Grand Theft Auto and Resident Evil. Granted, that will always be a tough uphill battle for math to win out over most video games, but the point is, students today are much more immersed in technology than ever before. So even if you need to pass out a math worksheet to review concepts and formulas, it will greatly benefit your cause if you design the worksheet to be as stimulating as possible. Therefore creativity is a must for worksheets to be successful.
It is amazing the difference in effort you will get from worksheet to worksheet. Granted the amount of effort may vary immensely from year to year depending on the group of students you have. However for the most part, when a worksheet is needed to help drill down a procedure, standard, or lesson, its effectiveness can and will vary. Therefore it is our job as the teacher to make sure that when we need to utilize a worksheet, we provide the students with one that is as inspiring as can be.
Math assignments are taxing, elaborate and huge in number and they demand regular work from students. High school students, especially find them overwhelming due to the complex nature of the sums assigned and the intricate methods involved in solving them. Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry and Trigonometry at the high school level involve topics that need focus and good comprehension of the concepts involved in the sums. Solving linear inequalities in Algebra or proving theorems about lines and angles in Geometry is not easy for all high school students. Similarly Statistics problems and graph representations or Probability analysis would be more than the capabilities of many students when they do Math assignments in these subjects.