Published at Wednesday, April 03rd, 2019 - 08:42:08 AM. Math Worksheets. By Viggo Cederblom.
Math worksheets are often assigned as an independent activity, however research indicates that communication and discourse are needed to build a deep understanding of math topics. Students need opportunities to explore mathematical ideas in different ways and to build their own connections. This involves communicating their ideas, listening to the ideas of others, arguing a viewpoint, describing, and explaining. Math worksheets are rarely used as a catalyst for conversation. Instead of assigning worksheets, find activities that encourage discourse, such as “number talks," or collaborative group work. During the session, be sure to require students to explain their thinking and listen to the strategies and thinking of their peers.
When I diagnose what the problem is, it‘s virtually always either they don‘t know their multiplication tables or, more often, they don‘t know how to work with fractions.
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