Published at Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 - 00:54:36 AM. Math Worksheets. By Alvar Kujala.
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.
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?.
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