By Zacharie Charlesbois at March 20 2019 18:21:03
Identical worksheets are needed prior to using the Consolidation feature, creating a sum across worksheets or using the Paste Special Math features to create summary worksheets. By grouping the worksheets first and then adding rows or columns, changing headings and other formatting operations, you ensure that the spreadsheets remain uniform. Be careful when using groups because if you forget that your spreadsheets are grouped and then proceed to add or change figures on a worksheet, all of the worksheets in the group will have the same figures. To remove a group, simply click on a sheet that is not in a group. If all of the worksheets are grouped, right_click on any tab and choose Ungroup Sheets. Keep an eye on the title bar prior to making changes and Excel will tell you if the sheets are grouped.
Engagement entails much more than rote repetition of a procedure. Math worksheets tend to present very similar problem types over and over, leading to mundane practice of disassociated skills. For students who understand the material and successfully complete an assignment, another worksheet becomes meaningless. On the other hand, for the students who don't understand the material, an alternative method of instruction is what's needed. Another worksheet simply adds to the student's frustration, or worse, contributes to a belief that "I'll never understand math." A cute image or a "fill_in_the_blanks" riddle does nothing to increase engagement or learning (and let's face it, those riddles are not funny!). Instead, teachers need to increase engagement by providing students with exercises in which they discover patterns and relationships, solve problems, or think creatively about math relationships.