By Amelia Parkinson at September 05 2020 16:29:03

Is it his fault that he lacks confidence with word problems? Not entirely· Our actions’ as educators’ seem to imply a belief that solving word problems should come more naturally than simpler operations like arithmetic and algebra· Many parents and teachers feel justified in encouraging (i·e· forcing) a child to work hundreds or thousands of math worksheets’ drill multiplication tables’ long division··· but few encourage solving hundreds of story problems· One suspects that the relative ease of creating and checking ordinary math worksheets keeps the focus of math education on simple’ atomic operations at the expense of more holistic story problems·

Here are five reasons why math worksheets don't work if you want students to understand math’ enjoy math’ and think mathematically·