Worksheets aren’t automatically bad.

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.

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