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.
Regardless if you are trying to review math, science, reading, writing, health, or social studies, your goal should always be to try and create something that will generate desire in the students to actually want to do it. If you can do this, the battle is practically over already. For example, since I want to make sure my students get accustomed to reviewing the various math concepts and standards we`ve learned all year, I have them practice regularly. I want them to get to a point where they are so familiar with grade level math content, that solving these types of problems becomes automatic.
Further, students feel baffled on seeing lots of mathematical sums heaped upon them and treat them as chores. In their confused state of mind, they do not choose the right formulas for the sums and get stuck very often in their assignments. Students also need good problem solving strategies to cope with Math sums at the high school level. Math libraries, assignment help websites, Math help sheets, solved examples online, Math online calculators and Math forums come to the rescue of students when they try to solve assignment sums in high school Math. Online problem solving tools are also highly helpful in this category. Students also seek answers to their problems through Math worksheets that are available online with questions and answers.
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.
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