A.R.R.O.W. Worksheets

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I like reading. I’ve learnt a lot of stuff over the years from reading.

But I reckon I’ve learnt more by DOING!

I’m really not much of a fan at all of lecturing and one-way education. But… articles, videos, and audio are by their very nature, one-way affairs.

So after a few years of writing articles for this site, on and off — in a more or less ad hoc manner, I finally sat down and decided to write a bunch of stuff in a more structured way.

But that frustrated me because I knew it would mean one-way teaching.

On went the thinking cap and I thought that different modalities (i.e. text, video, audio) should help. And I know the importance of a good example. And the power of stories to teach. But something was still nagging at me…

Then I hit it! A worksheet that not only covers the main points of the article/video/podcast… something that summarises the examples too… and… gives something for teachers to print off and take away to use while you’re planning and then following your lesson(s).

I thought about the purpose for such a document:

  • To get you to take action on the information I’m giving you
  • not to just read it, think “That’s interesting. I must do that someday” and promptly forget about it as soon as you surf away from here
  • to get you to reflect on the changes or additions you make to your classes
  • to record your thoughts
  • to fine-tune it until it becomes part of your unconscious professional repertoire
  • and, ultimately, to become a better teacher by doing so!

All of which basically comes out as:

Aapply what you’ve learnt
Rreflect on the outcome; good, bad, or ugly
Rre-do it based on your reflections
Ooptimise it over time until you integrate it
Wwrok! as a teacher :cool:

Hence, A.R.R.O.W. Worksheet!

(Oh, and if you’re feeling less Jack Black than me about the “W” in A.R.R.O.W., then just think “W for Work it into your repertoire” :wink:)

I’ll be adding these over time to articles on the site so that you can, hopefully, apply what you learn hear in a more systematic way to your teaching. It’ll help both you and your students.

I wish you all the best with it!

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5 Responses to “A.R.R.O.W. Worksheets”

  1. Angela Pritchard Angela Pritchard says:

    Hi Leslie

    You've certainly managed to capture my interest, looks like your "ARROWS" will be finding their targets!!- Well done.

    Angela Pritchard

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    •  Leslie says:

      Heya, Angela

      I appreciate your comment. Let's hope they do, eh? :)
      And, good on you for commenting; it's always nice to hear some new voices around here.

      Take care,

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  2. Kevin Hakoda Kevin Hakoda says:

    This ARROW worksheet sounds like a great idea :!:

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  3. Irena Irena says:


    I'm looking forward to these worksheets very much. I am thinking of building a bank of classroom games and it could also work as a worksheet so I wonder how you will structure the Arrow worksheet. Reading is really nice but it is very frustrating when I cannot remember what and where I have read… Excuse my impatience, but when can we expect the first worksheet?

    Colorful regards from Europe in fall.


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    •  Leslie says:

      Hi, Irena

      It's really nice to hear that you're looking forward to the worksheets! :smile: They're not worksheets that you use with your class. That is, they're not handouts or lesson materials.

      The idea is that they're worksheets for you to do! :shock:

      I walk you through some theory or thoughts and then give you a practical example or two, and then you go and — with the help of the worksheet — apply, reflect, re-do, optimise, and wrok!

      And, in fact, the first one is now live: How to be a better teacher.

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