Published at Monday, April 15th, 2019 - 04:18:51 AM. Math Worksheets. By Olle Holmlund.
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?.
Most teachers are familiar with the long delay between when students complete a worksheet, and when they get their correct page. Most don‘t get anything back until the next day or the next week. In the meantime, the students continue to practice incorrectly. It‘s no surprise that immediate feedback has been shown to increase student performance and diligence. Unfortunately, math worksheets have no mechanism for keeping a student from moving to the next problem until after they demonstrate understanding.
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