Although I am sure that these worksheets are a huge help to students when they first start out in the classroom, they also can turn into an obstacle for many students. Some students don’t like the idea of using them or just don’t have the time to devote to them on a daily basis. I remember being very frustrated with the work sheets at first and feeling as though I was wasting my time.
My son really did appreciate having access to the worksheets but didn’t necessarily understand how he could benefit from them. This made it difficult for me to encourage him and to make him use them as much as I might have liked. After all, what parent wants to explain to their child why they want to learn?
We found that he understood why we wanted to provide him with the resources we were using at his own pace. As he grew older, he became more interested in knowing what was going on in the world. He became more involved in speaking with others in the class and in other aspects of the learning process. It was quite rewarding when I made sure that he understood that he was learning as well as using the worksheets to help him out.
In order to keep up with the curriculum, I created several worksheets that helped to provide multiple unit learning opportunities. These included vocabulary words that we learned in our Spanish 101 class as well as independent reading and writing practice. As he continued to grow in his ability to interact with others, he became more interested in these worksheets as a means of learning.
Many students come to us with very little interest in the learning process and without a strong desire to learn. They are able to benefit from the worksheets because they are able to use them to help them stay on task. Their motivation is also increased by the fact that they are being rewarded when they complete their work. This makes learning fun and memorable for all involved.
Rewards are a great motivator for many students. We created a worksheet that was designed to reward the student who had most accurately completed a challenge set within the unit. For example, the student who completed the unit who had the highest score on the essay challenge would be rewarded with a gift from the classroom resource book.
Some students were very slow in completing the challenge and we actually started their work off with a bonus. We rewarded the student who finished in the top three with a gift from the classroom resource book. The rewards didn’t always work out to the student’s best advantage but they did serve to remind them of the importance of the work that they were doing.
One of the biggest challenges for students who might not like or are too busy to complete the worksheets is that they might have a hard time remembering what they were supposed to do. To make them work with the lesson plans that are presented, we create worksheets that outline the materials that will be used in the lesson plan. Each lesson plan that is used in the classroom is basically a complete worksheet that outlines the material that is being taught. As students complete these worksheets, they can see how important the material is to the class.