Saw another twitter rant today about kids and worksheets. Like a kid’s life is irretrievably destroyed should he/she ever lay a finger on a worksheet.
You know…it’s not about the worksheet. Just like it’s not about the Chromebook/iPad or device.
It’s about what one does with them. Period.
If the rant about worksheets is focused on a mindless filling out of said worksheet, basically designed to keep kids quiet for awhile, then yes, rant away. I guess. However, I’ve seen great teachers produce gold with kids around a worksheet. The sheet was the starting point for collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. It’s just a piece of paper. What is on it, and what kids do with it, are the important elements.
Give the teachers who use worksheets as a tool, a starting point, a well designed part of a lesson, a break.
Off the soapbox.
Fife School District
39 years as an educator.
16 years teacher
3 years assistant principal
12 years principal
8 years Assistant Superintendent
BA, Washington State University
MAEd, Washington State University
Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee
Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification
Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years
Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining.
Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition
Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years.
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