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Worksheets Don't Work

In Worksheets Don’t Work, Aaron Daffern explores what neuroscience has discovered about human memory and how it applies to teaching and learning. While traditional worksheets, found easily online and as a part of textbook resources, are prolific, that doesn’t mean that they are effective. Too often, worksheets are distributed to students because of their accessibility and ability to quickly generate a numerical grade.

Yet just admitting that worksheets are expedient but not efficient does little to help teachers. Daffern gives educators 50 different worksheet alternatives, each with several embedded variations, which can be quickly used to engage and assess learners. Each alternative is based in the neurological reality that students generate meaning when they actively work to make sense of the content, linking it to prior knowledge and wrestling with it from many different perspectives.

“I would recommend any type of teacher preparation program to utilize Worksheets Don’t Work as part of their curriculum for supporting new teachers.”


-Dr. Terra Smith, Education Consultant, TS Consulting Services, LLC, Sugar Land, Texas


“Finally a book that looks at learning from a student centric point of view!”


- Dr. Bhavana Nair, Licensed Psychologist, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Free Online alternatives

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools and districts across the world are shutting their doors to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Many teachers are now faced with the challenge of adapting their teaching to online platforms. To help facilitate this transition, I've made 10 of the worksheet alternatives available at no cost. Use the PDF viewer below to explore a curated selection of teaching tools that can work either online or in traditional classrooms.