We Think Learning Should Be FUN, ASCD, Putting Students at the Center, Letting Go of Homework and Worksheets

 
    Here at The Fun Factory, our goal is to make learning FUN. By studying the research on the young child’s brain, we design lessons to incorporate Best Practices.  Best Practices simply means we take what science has proven to be the most effective ways to move information from short term to long term memory and design our instruction around that information. This means learning information in the fastest way possible and retaining it longer. In the pictures, you will notice the children using hands-on activities constructed for that purpose.

     Recently, I came across this article from ASCD and thought it gave some very good guidelines about what children perceive as NOT FUN. If you would like to read the complete article, see the information at the end.

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Letting Go of Homework and Worksheets

     “I stopped using the word worksheet years ago while I was still hammering students with pointless assignments. I simply didn’t like the implication of the word, and I was constantly trying to convince students that it wasn’t work. Of course, they knew it definitely was work.
     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?”  I’m sure you know in your heart what the answer will be even before you ask.”
Mark Barnes
ASCD
February 28, 2013 | Volume 8 | Issue 11
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