Published at Saturday, April 13th, 2019 - 02:42:45 AM. Math Worksheets. By Sonja Bergström.
For seven years I‘ve watched my beautiful son hunched over Kumon math worksheets. He finds little enjoyment from them and I‘d rather see him chasing butterflies. They‘ve certainly helped his Math performance at school -- he‘s top of his class, but I wonder if the effort has been worth it in the big scheme of things. He‘s currently solving about 100 polynomials per day. Man, he can really solve polynomials, and fast. But for what?.
Engagement entails much more than rote repetition of a procedure. Math worksheets tend to present very similar problem types over and over, leading to mundane practice of disassociated skills. For students who understand the material and successfully complete an assignment, another worksheet becomes meaningless. On the other hand, for the students who don‘t understand the material, an alternative method of instruction is what‘s needed. Another worksheet simply adds to the student‘s frustration, or worse, contributes to a belief that “I‘ll never understand math." A cute image or a “fill-in-the-blanks“ riddle does nothing to increase engagement or learning (and let‘s face it, those riddles are not funny!). Instead, teachers need to increase engagement by providing students with exercises in which they discover patterns and relationships, solve problems, or think creatively about math relationships.
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