It’s been two days.
In the two days since #NoWorksheetWeek started, our Literacy Coach and I have visited the classroom of all 62 participants in our district, welcoming them to the week, presenting them with a badge to post with pride (picture), cheering them on, listening to first impressions, and observing all the great activities.
Some were nervous, checking with us to be sure that what they were doing fit within the realm of ‘No Worksheets’.
Some were excited, proudly inviting us in, introducing us to their students, and showing off their kids’ work.
Some were scared, thinking we were coming in to evaluate or critique.
One actually thanked me for putting this whole challenge together.
For the most part, teachers were already having those Ah-ha moments we were hoping for. One teacher (kindergarten) went through the worksheets she had already printed for next week, and weeded out several, because she learned how she could accomplish the same goals orally. Another teacher (6 grade social studies) is making paper like the Egyptians used to (with the addition of an electric blender!) using all the unused worksheets. A third (junior high intervention) threatened her kids with, “If you don’t quiet down, we’ll have to do a worksheet!” and immediately realized that giving worksheets is a punishment.
Here is the badge, in case you would like to use it, too. It was originally made on Canva.com: