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Maths without worksheets

Discussion in 'Primary' started by DENISE4444, May 13, 2017.

  1. DENISE4444

    DENISE4444 New commenter

    Hi all. I have been told that I can no longer use any worksheets in my year 1 maths lessons. I'm not a massive fan of worksheets but I also don't want to be drawing fraction activities, stamping clocks, etc into 30 books! We were using Maths No problem but persuaded the head to let us move away from it a couple of months ago, bearing in mind that is complete worksheets. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do to show evidence in books which is what we will still need other than photos. We have moved away from worksheets when doing addition/subtraction etc with children writing directly into books but some activities just need a printed sheet for them to work on. HELP thanks in advance
  2. Camokidmommy

    Camokidmommy Established commenter

    Can you give them portions of worksheets that they stick in? I agree there are some instances where you need pre printed stuff.
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  3. WolfPaul

    WolfPaul New commenter

  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    KKeep doing what you are doing, but don't call them worksheets. Call them something else and you'll be fine.
    pepper5, elder_cat, Billie73 and 5 others like this.
  5. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Lead commenter

    I completely sympathise, we have been told the same but I ignore it occasionally. If you need the children to label 3D shapes, for example, do they expect you to draw them freehand in 30 books! Sometimes you just need a pre-printed sheet.
  6. palmtree100

    palmtree100 Lead commenter

  7. DENISE4444

    DENISE4444 New commenter

    I was actually told on Friday that as We had gone against her wishes (the head) that it was basically grounds for capability procedures. I can't believe it. I was also told I seem to have 'fallen out' with teaching, I get the feeling she want me gone !
    pepper5 likes this.
  8. DENISE4444

    DENISE4444 New commenter

    Hi WolfPaul, I clicked the link but maybe I'm having a Sunday moment but not sure what I'm looking for thanks
  9. doonessy

    doonessy New commenter

    We don't use worksheets either and it does work very well. There are minor exceptions to the no worksheet rule and the teaching objective of the lesson needs to be the priority. If the objective is labeling a shape then the child will take so long drawing the shape and labeling it, then yes - use the worksheet but that will just one page at the end of a teaching sequence. Before that consolidation lesson, there are lots of lessons that could be done practically with lots of different sorts of shape teaching evidence in books eg. photos, sorting diagrams, bar charts, shape hunt, comparison grids..... The no worksheet rule is just a different way of thinking but actually makes the lessons more creative and hands on.
    Landofla and Pomz like this.
  10. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    Teachers should not be told how to teach. If a worksheet is appropriate for a pupil to learn something, it should be used without hesitation.

    Get out of there as soon as you can.
    TEA2111, pepper5, elder_cat and 6 others like this.
  11. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

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  12. DENISE4444

    DENISE4444 New commenter

    I have been teaching YEARS so yes I taught before the days of worksheets, put it like this when I trained you were lucky to be allowed to use a photocopier hahahaha. I think I just need to re-think things a bit more and get out of bad habits thanks x
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  13. DENISE4444

    DENISE4444 New commenter

    Thanks I am thinking about it, by the way I love your icon
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  14. DENISE4444

    DENISE4444 New commenter

    Thanks I think it's time!
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  15. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I started at a similar time...Don't think of worksheets as bad habits, but a way to survive now there is so much more to do in a day. When I started there was also no expectation to mark maths books yourself, kids marked their own and I didn't see them from one month to the next.
    However, the very idea of having a 'rule' for how teachers should teach, is abhorrent. Teachers should be allowed to teach how they wish,so long as children learn.
    Talk about low expectations...surely your year 1/2 children are drawing their own 3D shapes, with perfect accuracy, by now?!? :D
  16. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Lead commenter

  17. onmyknees

    onmyknees Established commenter

    Call your worksheets 'Templates' and you might get away with it!
    lunarita, pepper5, Billie73 and 5 others like this.
  18. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    We don't use worksheets in any year group (apart from odd exceptions where there is no alternative (can't even think of any right now!)).

    Why can't the kids just write the questions and answers in their books?
  19. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    See examples above.
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  20. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Lead commenter

    In all seriousness, if it helps, what I try and do is out of five Maths lessons a week, I do one practical lesson with no recording, two working straight in their books, one day of photo evidence and one worksheet (or 'template' as I now prefer to call them!). :) It has kept me out of trouble so far!

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