Published at Friday, 20 November 2020. Worksheets. By Deniece Paris.
These children often rebel against a system that has failed to accommodate their needs and a small but significant minority can exert a disproportionately disruptive influence within schools before eventually disengaging with the formal learning process altogether. This, asserts Professor Barbara, has serious implications for us all. Craig Rama of the University of Alabama appears to provide compelling evidence in support of this theory. "Seventy-five percent of all imprisoned males in America have poor school records and low IQs," Rama pointed out. "Tracing their backgrounds turns up a familiar pattern: They begin as children from disadvantaged families starting school academically behind. They do not know how to read or do basic math because they are in poor systems they get little help. Growing frustration often turns into truancy, school failure, aggression and violence."
In our area, in the middle of Wayne National Forest, hunting is such a part of the culture that the first day of gun season, the Monday after Thanksgiving, is known in the schools as "Deer Day." That day is written into the school calendar as a day when schools are closed so students can go hunting. Naturally, my son wanted to join in, so he took the required "Hunters Safety Course" offered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He earned a 98% on the test. His internal motivation was obviously stronger than anything we could do or offer.
NEVER use "skill and drill" worksheets. These are the worksheets just made up of columns of problems. There are better materials out there, so do not resort to skill and drill. The very worst problem of skill and drill worksheets is the greatly increased chance of a practiced mistake. The same problem will likely appear several times on the same sheet. A wrong answer once means a wrong answer several times; and a practiced mistake takes hundreds of correct repetitions to fix. This danger alone is important enough to never use any worksheet. I am quite serious about how difficult it is to repair a practiced mistake. Learning is hard enough. Re-learning is much more difficult.
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