Insert a New Worksheet _ Just press [Shift] + [F11] to create a new worksheet. Fast Worksheet Copy _ How do you copy a worksheet with a master format such as a quarterly or monthly layout? Please don't say copy and paste! This choice does not give you an exact copy and you'll waste tons of time trying to re_format columns and re_create other formatting. Although the worksheet tab shortcut menu is one way to copy, especially across workbooks (the Move or Copy option), a fast and easy approach is to hold [Ctrl] while dragging a worksheet tab to a new location in the workbook. Your mouse pointer will look like a page with a plus (+) sign. Release the mouse first and then [Ctrl] to see the new worksheet. Finish by renaming the copy. Bonus Tip: When you drag a worksheet tab without the [Ctrl] key, you are moving a worksheet to a new location in the workbook.
As far as using worksheets for busy work, the verdict is in. It is destructive to classroom learning to assign worksheets to simply keep students occupied. Busy work creates monotony, causes boredom and increases the likelihood of behavior problems. To know if you are on the right track with worksheets in your classroom, answer (honestly) these simple questions: Do my students groan when I hand out a worksheet? (The answer should be no.) Are my lesson plans based on worksheets? (The answer should be no.) Do I feel anxiety if I don't have worksheets copied? (The answer should be no.) Are students excited about learning in my classroom? (The answer should be yes!).