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Food for thought: Letting Go of Homework and Worksheets

Do worksheets make students hate learning?

Mark Barnes has some "fighting words" about worksheets in classrooms. Do you agree? See what he suggests as alternatives.

"I stopped using the word worksheet years ago while I was still hammering students with pointless assignments. ...A successful results-only classroom is free from worksheets and the harm they cause. Among other things, worksheets have been proven to waste valuable class time and focus on teaching only rote skills (Volante, 2004). Most important, though, is that worksheets make students hate learning. If you don't believe me, simply ask your students, "Hey, do you guys like this worksheet? Do you think it helps you learn the material?"