Ok, this is Controversy Corner so here we go; Card Sorts. We’ve all them but how effective are they really? Not very is my answer. Here’s five reasons why…
1. They take ages to prepare: Typing up the information is not too bad but then photocopying it 32 times (and that’s just one class set), cutting them precisely before laminating, then collating them can take hours. Literally.
2. Hours to prepare and….5 mins to complete. The balance of preparation time versus task time is way out. A bit like cooking paella.
3. Do pupils actually think about the activity? Or do they simply read the first few words, spot a date or key term, or line up the uneven cutting and line them up without actually thinking about what is we want them to learn.
4. “Sir, I’ve only got 11 cards!” No matter how hard you try, one card will always escape every lesson and before you know it, half of the sets are missing a vital piece of information.
5. And finally, when it’s time to dig out the card sort to use again you realise that whoever used it last didn’t group them all back together properly, leaving you with hundreds or laminated cards, dozen of elastic bands and only 10 minutes till the class arrive.
So that’s what’s in my Controversial Corner. Any thoughts?