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What constitutes a good handout?

Jul 10, 2014 3:04pm

As I begin my 5th year in math and 1st in Physics, I am the lead Algebra 1 teacher. I have already laid out the lesson schedule through the first week of May 2015. I must now start making lesson packages (called plans by most but I am an ex-nuke plant operator) and I hope to get 20 made before 8/25/14. I intend to make my own by patching things together from a variety of sources.

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    • Jul 29, 2014 9:59pm

      If you ask me, handouts are divided into two categories. This results from how often the word "handout" is interchanged with two very different words.

      The first of these is the phase "note sheet." In this case, you want the notes to be informative, concise, and well-organized. A list of facts may be informative, but this format will not rest well in students' minds. Unless you are making it a challenge for students to rearrange the information in a way that is more meaningful to them.

      The second of these is the word "worksheet." In this case, you don't want every question asked to be an essential repeat of the last. Questions should be varied and acquaint the students with using the concepts at hand in different ways. This article I wrote goes into this issue in more detail:

      • Jul 14, 2014 7:14pm

        I like a handout to show an example worked out, then have practice problems that start simple and get more complicated/advanced as students move on, and then lead to a word problem or real world application if possible.

        • Jul 19, 2014 8:33am

          I agree. I also intend to place the objective in the HO along with graphic organizers. Thanks.

          • Jul 26, 2014 5:00pm

            I agree with Lauren on the lay out of the handout. Remember to go through the handout at the end of the activity to remove misconceptions and consolidate the outcomes.

            • Jul 27, 2014 8:20am

              Thank you Katie. I have never heard of UDL. I have found that the toughest part of teaching is the sheer volume of information, techniques, and strategies that seem to come my way at the speed of sound. Zike foldables, Tabor rotation, Learning Keys, 5E, 7E, Hunter, Dashboards, and PBL are several issues and there are more.