Worksheets For A Special Education Classroom

995 WordsApr 29, 20154 Pages
The children in today’s education system are constantly submersed in an abundance of worksheets. While many see the piles of worksheets as helpful and beneficial, others see them as “busy work.” From my experience in a special education classroom, I have noticed that the overuse of worksheets becomes useless almost immediately. The use of worksheets in education can be beneficial to the child when used sparingly, when they are not similarly formatted, and used as a formative check. Worksheets are effective assessments, but only when they are used sparingly. The majority of worksheets are formatted the same way, where your answers are confined to tiny blanks or bubbles. It should be fairly easy for teachers who are minimally involved to avoid the overuse of worksheets. Instead of using them, teachers can let their students’ minds wander, allowing them to create their own assignments and grow intellectually (Ransom & Manning, 2013, p. 188-189). According to Lesley (2003), a worksheet-driven curriculum is highly controlling and has the risk of violating the students’ learning potential (p. 451). Worksheets have the potential to be appealing to students, so long as they are not overbearing. During my field experience, each day was filled with worksheets the students had to fill out by a certain time. The abundance of worksheets seemed to be caused by the teacher being absent, but when she returned, the endless amounts did not decrease. What may have been fun, partner work at the
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