If you have read any of my math posts, you probably have noticed that we prefer playing games and investigating math concepts through hands-on activities. Not only is learning more fun this way, it is also more engaging and memorable.

Below are 101 reasons we teach math without worksheets. While this list was made in the spirit of fun, I hope you will see the benefit of adding some games and hands-on activities to your math curriculum.

- It’s fun.
- Worksheets don’t practice estimation skills with cheeseballs and marshmallows.
- You can work on weak areas in a fun and non-threatening way.
- Learning to tell time with a real clock keeps it moving.
- Worksheets make time stand still.
- Celebrating Pi Day is a good excuse for ice cream.
- When else would you use a 30-sided die?
- Math should not be confined to an 8.5×11 piece of paper.
- Practicing division with real cookies, not a cookie cutter worksheet, is tastier.
- You can get some yard work done at the same time.
- Math should be alive, not dead on a worksheet.
- Imagination was part of the solution to the greatest math problems.
- Worksheets do not inspire imagination.
- Adds variety.
- Have you ever heard of a “living” worksheet?
- Finding music in math makes your heart sing.
- Math is bigger with sidewalk chalk.
- Provides a hands-on learning opportunity.
- Brings math to life.
- Math should prepare a student for life.
- Worksheets do not resemble real life.
- Geometry is 3D, but worksheets are 2D.
- Math games bring the whole family together.
- Worksheets are anti-social.
- Road trip math expands your horizons.
- The colors in nature are more vibrant than on a worksheet.
- Do you have fond memories of worksheets from your school days?
- “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
- A trip to the grocery store can be a complete math lesson.
- Learning to measure with water in containers is cool on a hot day.
- Worksheets are too dry.
- Provides an incentive to learn a new or difficult concept.
- Using a thermometer to learn about temperature measurements is cool.
- Worksheets just make your blood boil.
- Bar charts made with stacking blocks raise the bar.
- You can’t take worksheets outside on a windy day.
- Reinforces concepts already learned.
- Who doesn’t love a game?
- Provides a mentoring opportunity when an older student plays a game with a younger student.
- A child can learn concepts he wouldn’t otherwise be ready to learn.
- Improves communication skills.
- Encourages the use of math language.
- Kitchen math: the solution is edible!
- Saves trees.
- You can engage multiple learning styles with one activity.
- Keeps it interesting.
- Worksheets are flat boring.
- Encourages independent thinking.
- LEGO math helps to put it all together.
- Children actually look forward to math.
- What child asks for more worksheets?
- A number balance helps balance out your curriculum.
- Students are more interested in solving a problem when they know why the solution matters.
- Learning money denominations with real coins provides a nice change.
- Learning to add, subtract, multiply, and divide is of limited benefit if the student doesn’t know when to apply the skills.
- “Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” Albert Einstein
- Improves critical thinking skills.
- The great discoveries of science were not found on a worksheet.
- Encourages the use of mental math skills.
- With garden math, the solutions keep growing.
- What happens in the head, stays in the head.
- Math should be a lifetime pursuit. Who wants worksheets for a lifetime?
- Complements most any style and philosophy of education.
- Learning about fractions while cooking is finger licking good.
- Reduces tears.
- Learning about the contributions of great mathematicians is best accomplished with a living book.
- Some of the best math problems are created by students.
- Math should be colorful, not black and white.
- Can teach and reinforce multiple concepts with one activity.
- Worksheets don’t explore tangents.
- Improves spatial skills.
- Manipulatives are cool.
- Snack math is yummy, but paper tastes bad.
- Worksheets are rectangular, not well-rounded.
- Story problems encourage creative thinking.
- Fairies and super heroes are rarely seen on worksheets.
- The depth of understanding is greater when you see the application in real life.
- Curiosity killed the cat. Worksheets killed the curiosity.
- “It is the duty of all teachers, and of teachers of mathematics in particular, to expose their students to problems much more than to facts.” Paul Halmos
- Velocity should be learned by moving.
- Worksheets stand still.
- Sports math: have a ball!
- The best learning happens when a mess is made.
- Open ended problems open the mind.
- Worksheets don’t create, design, or build.
- Calculators are abundant, problem solving is rare.
- Worksheets make math a four letter word.
- The real world is full of story problems.
- Travel math takes you places.
- Real world math problems are best found and solved in the real world.
- The world is vast, worksheets are limited.
- If you must work on a sheet, start with a blank one.
- Whiteboards are less intimidating.
- Open ended problems open minds.
- Learning about pie charts with a real pie is in good taste.
- Worksheets do not encourage deeper investigation.
- Mental math practice is a good way to pass the time on a car trip.
- Have you ever heard of worksheet Olympics?
- Practicing addition with pebbles rocks!
- Creativity has a place in math, not on worksheets.
- Worksheets are as excessive as any list of 101 things.

This post has been linked to 101 Reasons

## Leave a Reply