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ERIC Number: EJ1009975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Teaching Strategies: Worksheets, Worksheets, Worksheets
Ransom, Marilee; Manning, Maryann
Childhood Education, v89 n3 p188-190 2013
Worksheets hold a special place among the many well-intentioned--yet ineffective--items in the early childhood and elementary toolkit. They are nearly ubiquitous in some elementary classrooms and are even popular in preschools. Parents are encouraged when they see worksheets in their children's backpacks; they see such papers as indicators that their children are learning, particularly when the paper is endorsed by an official checkmark or adorable sticker. This article contains the author's beliefs about children's learning, all of which are incompatible with the regular use of worksheets. They suggest a few alternatives to worksheets in each area, which are intended to serve as a springboard for discussion and deliberation. Classroom teachers are daily presented with ideas for projects that emerge from their own students' minds; these can be transformed into learning opportunities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A