Seafriends - sample worksheet
Worksheets should be a pleasure to work with. They should be informative, motivating and challenging - truly a tall order. Just to remind ourselves, we submit each worksheet to the following checks:
Does it provide resource information as well as exercises, questions and discussions?
Does it save the teacher time and the students as well?
Does it foster an element of excitement for discovery?
Does it give a clear picture of what to remember or to focus on?
Do general principles result from it and are these applied to other areas?
Does it guide the thinking process, promote abstract thinking?
Does it build up the level of difficulty - starting simply and ending difficult?
Does it promote logical thinking: what, where, when, why, how?
Does it learn to distinguish the difference between cause and effect?
Does it use a variety of skills: observing, measuring, interpreting, predicting, analysing, thinking, processing, discussing, concluding, reporting, communicating?
Does it use a variety of strategies: straight question-and-answer, multiple choice, analogy, discussion, practical experiment, thought experiment?
Does it stimulate to ask questions? To ask the right question or to find out for oneself?
Does it link to or link in with other parts of the curriculum: time and place (history, geography), economy (conflict of man with nature), social, numeracy, language, art?
In addition to the above philosophical points, there are practical ones:
What is to be achieved? How is it tested?
How does it relate to the student or to NZ?
Are subjects presented systematically? In logical order?
Is it education or propaganda? Does it show all sides of an issue?
Is a conclusion necessary? Wrapping it all up?
Does it mention how much time it takes to do?
Is enough information provided to answer the questions?
Are photos and pictures chosen well? Are they explained? Questions asked?
Are the important points standing out sufficiently?
Are there links to other worksheets? Are principles repeated in different contexts?
Is there a glossary of strange words or have these words been entered into the Seafriends glossary?
Is there enough room for students to write answers on?
Does the page copy well onto A4 paper?
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