A teacher’s guide to making creative black and white photocopies
March 22, 2013 · Print This Article
As a teacher or lecturer, you probably already know how many black and white copies you need each month, and how valuable these worksheets can be for students.
The process of putting together a memorable worksheet that will keep your students’ attention, however, can be daunting. Here are a few tips to making that knowledge stick.
- Incorporate puzzles
Worksheets that are simple questions and answers are okay, but they won’t engage too much with your students. Quite simply, they’re boring. Puzzles on the other hand act as a game for the student completing his/her homework. Word searches, crosswords and other fun puzzles featuring the facts and details from the syllabus are perfect for ensuring that students enjoy the work – and the facts will stay put in their minds far more effectively. Plus there are plenty of easy to use puzzle makers on the web.
- Make it visually stimulating
Black and white copied worksheets needn’t be boring to look at. Add some illustrations, speech bubbles and other interesting tid-bits around the edges of the worksheet for an exciting and stimulating worksheet that’s visually interesting. Line art is a good choice for illustrations as these can be coloured in, helping students add their own splash of creativity to the worksheet.
- Keep them fresh
There are some concerns amongst teachers today that the age-old worksheet is dying out due to overuse. With many teachers going the simple route, such as “Circle the right answer” or asking a question and leaving a blank space for an answer, worksheets are becoming monotonous. The trick here is to not over use worksheets, but when you do; keep them exciting, fresh and engaging.