By Gifford DeGrasse at October 16 2020 14:05:31

Math worksheets rarely ask students to think critically or creatively· They usually present multiple examples of the same problem type with the hope of reinforcing a skill or procedure· They do not challenge students to use higher order thinking skills such as comparing’ analyzing’ deducing’ and synthesizing· These skills are built through activities in which students discover concepts’ explore ideas’ test a hypothesis’ solve a problem’ and discuss their thinking with their peers· Exploring concepts and problems in many different ways builds interest and promotes critical thinking·

Of course’ there is a place for math worksheets· After some instruction has occurred’ math worksheets can provide extended practice and support development in fluency’ provided the teacher is engaged with students as they work· Teachers who are effective at grouping students can use math worksheets as a springboard for discussions’ discovery’ and communication·