Published at Friday, 27 November 2020. Worksheets. By Nanine Hebert.
In my first year of teaching and for many years that followed, I spent an inordinate amount of time preparing my own first day of school handouts. I thought it was the "hook" that students needed. I thought that teacher dominated discourse represented learning. But it really wasn not. It was actually a cover up for understanding the true purpose of what a good handout actually is all about.
Here are some other sharing subjects to explore: Take Away Store - hot chips (35 per cup), milk shakes (3/4 cup of milk per shake) - how much for 26 people? Concert -toilet paper - 10 sheets per person, 100 sheets per roll, 3 000 people attending- how many rolls? Dog Shelter - 1 cup of biscuits large dog, 3/4 cup for medium dog etc - how much for 10 big, 5 medium etc? Jelly bean competition - Big jar took 12 bags of jelly beans - 124 beans in 1 bag - how many beans in total? These are a great way to explore a range of math skills. Choose one subject and choose questions that relate to that. An obvious one is school: At Collins State School there are 23 students in Kindergarten, 24 in Grade 1, 23 in Grade 2, 18 in Grade 3, 22 in Grade 4, 17 in Grade 5, 19 in Grade 6 and 22 in Grade 7. How many students are there in the whole school?
In a growing move amongst home-schoolers to look at online courses, one subject area lends itself towards a bit more hesitation from the group. Home-schoolers want to like online courses because of the flexibility of them, but with regard to math, they are just not so sure about the validity of online math. There is reason for this, but many students are having good success with online math programs, and slowly but surely, the homeschooling community is coming around. Home-schoolers tend to shy away from online math due to the perception that math is better learned with a real person giving instruction and students following along in their textbooks. Many students learn well this way, but online math courses operate on a different philosophy. They presume that students can learn to understand material with information, practice, and feedback, and in essence, can become their own teachers. This is a far more effective method of instruction in the long run, and while it does take some adjustment, many programs make this method very viable for students of all abilities.
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