Lately I’ve been wondering about what the goal of education actually is: are we solely in the business of educating, ensuring that our students learn the “correct” strategy, or are we in the business of student confidence?
Here is a little game I find myself playing a lot recently whenever I only have a few moments (on the bus, in a waiting room, etc).
I have a mixed opinion about drill sheets.
On one hand, I believe drill sheets are slightly underrated. They encourage students to memorise multiplication facts instead of having to derive the answers every time. Although being able to derive answers is an essential skill, it may not be a viable option for each circumstance the student will encounter later in life. Drill sheets help drive students to produce answers quickly. They also motivate students who thrive on competition. Read more Thoughts on Math Drills