Published at Monday, 30 November 2020. Worksheets. By Tempeste Descamps.
With the predominance of digital audio and video in our daily lives, we left reading a little aside. However, these media present the facts without giving us a chance to reason. On the other hand, it is often said that reading is a passive activity. Nothing is further from the truth. Reading is a complex activity which consists of a large number of different acts. We read to find out who we are and to enrich our lives. Reading is an act of connection. We look from where we are to what is around us and to the possible avenues of future. Reading largely forms our understanding of being a part of an existential community where we can share thoughts and emotions. When we read, perhaps, we are not in the same year together, not even in the same room, but we are close. We are having "a meeting of the minds.
The answer for the above question is hidden in a simple example. I always give the example of stairs to my students, and giving the same example in this article. I compare the steps of a staircase to the concepts in mathematics. As this is very hard to reach higher floors of a building without stairs (or elevators these days), same way learn higher concepts in mathematics without learning basic concepts is very hard. People have to start from the ground, then first step, second, third and so on to reach their destination floor. Exactly the same way students have to start from Kindergarten, then grade one, grade two and three and so on to reach their math destination. Also, if some of the steps are broken in the staircase, it is still hard to reach the desired floor using those steps. Same way, if you are missing some of the basic concepts from elementary grades, math for you is still hard.
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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