Teachers Using ASSISTments
Basic commitment for the 7th grade teacher participating in the study
Displaying the Item Report During Review
Common Wrong Answers - Class Discussion
Using Student Comments to Prepare for Class
Mistakes Help Students Learn
ASSISTments has certainly changed the way I teach math compared to my first 20 years of teaching. Before using ASSISTments, I would start my classes the same as most teachers. I would have the students take out their work, we would go over the answers, and then I would ask which problems they would like to go over. Now, I am able to check each class’s report prior to the students arrival. This allows me to know where the commonly missed errors were as well as who struggled and who did not even complete the assignment. With increasing demands on me as a teacher and a more challenging curriculum, every minute is a precious commodity. ASSISTments has given me back several of those minutes and more! I have noticed that ASSISTments has also changed my instruction when the students are using ASSISTments to work on math practice in class. In the past, students would do the work and often would not even know they needed help. With the immediate feedback, the number of students raising hands asking for help or clarification has increased dramatically. They know immediately if they have it wrong and will try to fix it or will seek help when needed. I also use ASSISTments for Skill Builders to make sure my students are staying current with the basic skills they need. It helps me see which students need help and with which skills. I am able to assign these individually based on individual student need. Being able to create my own assignments has also been extremely helpful .
It seems every day I find another way to use ASSISTments to enhance my instruction and student learning.