Published at Monday, 16 November 2020. Worksheets. By Alexandre Devaux.
Many teachers do not appear to know how to harness the power of play to effectively lead children to an understanding of math concepts. This is hardly surprising as teachers strive to meet externally imposed targets with little emphasis or guidance given on how to implement play based learning in the math class. The text book and worksheet rule the day. Until schools are allowed more freedom to adopt a more child-centered approach children will continue to struggle in math and many will ultimately disengage from learning altogether. Is this the fate your child could face? More to the point, are you prepared to take that risk?
Sometimes children are given maths worksheets where they have to calculate the cost of things or work out how much change should be given on items that cost $3.60 when someone hands over a five dollar bill.You could do the following:Get them to color in and name the three items. If there are no pictures on the worksheet then give them a sheet of paper to draw and color the items and then cut them out and paste them onto the worksheet. Once they have done this try to find five dollars in change and help them count out the money and calculate what is left.
By thinking your handouts through, you will be doing your students a great favor by aiding them through the learning process. Many students do not have enough learning skills. Take them through the process of handling their work. Teach them a system of organization. This can include: How organize a folder of their handouts, What to do with finished worksheets. Perhaps you want to have a showcase of finished student worksheet. Have you considered a portfolio? Model think aloud skills. By using an example to show exactly what you want, you are acting as a facilitator for the students has abilities to process information.
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