Dan's last post was about a topic that all math teachers fall back on at one time or another: "

*The best learning begins with a good worksheet."*He wrote this as a beginning teacher, and he talks about how his thinking has changed in the years since. I myself use worksheets rarely....but there are a couple of sources for worksheets that are just plain fun and students love. Tarsia is a free program to download on your computer that creates fun math puzzles. Teachers can put in their own math problems along with answers, and the program will create a puzzle, that when put together creates a fun geometric shape...sort of self-checking for the students too! Another worksheet that I like to use occasionally is Facing Math by Kristin DeWit. Students solve problems and depending on the answer they get, draw a part of a face on a head, creating different characters. Fun for students...and a great tool for teachers who might need to leave a review worksheet for a sub that will keep students plenty busy, as well as provide fun practice opportunities at the same time.

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