Aren’t these complaints what we often hear from our children? Don’t such thoughts go through our minds after our child shows us their tests or exams results?
Now that it’s the second half of the year, do you notice that the school begins to place more emphasis on preparing your child for the end of the year exam or a big upcoming exam to come? It is a common scene for educators and parents to impulsively buy more assessment books and practice papers for their children. It is definitely not a bad thing to give assessment books to children, but before we give our children more practice questions, let us remember that quality is always better than quantity. Let’s think about how to make each worksheet a meaningful learning experience where children have the opportunity to REFLECT on how to approach their work, to be AWARE of WHAT they are learning about and WHY they are learning, to be able to LINK previously learnt knowledge to what is being required, and to ACTIVELY CHECK their work.
Below is a list of strategies to help transform a worksheet into a meaningful active learning experience and such strategies can be applied to other worksheets. The following steps are flexible and not need to be carried out for every worksheet. You can follow the steps for some worksheets and then fade the steps away as the main aim is for your child to be an independent learner and thinker.
The FOLLOWING steps in going through the worksheet come from the principles of mediated learning. You can look at this link for more information. http://www.iriinc.us/about-feuerstein/the-applications/mediated-learning-experience.html
You can refer to the worksheet attached and go through the worksheet using the following steps.
Rationale: Encourage your child to notice what is in the worksheet so that he/ she will understand what is required. It also facilitates their noticing of details in the worksheet and prevents the impulsiveness of quickly completing and handing in their work without reflecting or analysing.