Tools like ASSISTments can help teachers monitor student progress and concept mastery by letting teachers choose the amount of scaffolding and support they want to give their students. At the start of a unit, assign a pretest in order to identify students' needs. During the unit, assign short question sets to monitor understanding and identify areas that need reteaching or clarification, whether it be for one student, several, or an entire class. At the conclusion, assess for understanding while still allowing students the option of helpful hints and resources that can serve to solidify learning and provide teachers with both formative and summative assessment data.
Teachers will want to spend some time really looking at the content before assigning it -- there's a risk that some might be tempted to assign questions indiscriminately or in high quantities. This would be a mistake and almost certainly a cause for student disengagement. Instead, take the time to use the plethora of content and the data to your and your students' advantage by choosing relevant age- and ability-appropriate questions.Continue reading Show less
ASSISTments is a tool for assigning work that supports greater student learning through the use of scaffolding, hints, and immediate feedback. At its core, the site is an online form of homework with the added optional perk of help in the form of hints, videos, links, and more embedded in each question. Teachers create (or import from Google Classroom) sections of classes and then assign work to a specific section. Once this happens, students will be able to access assignments and complete them at their own pace.
Teachers can create their own content through the Builder page or choose from both user-created and certified questions available on the site. Initially, teachers must put time into searching through the provided content in order to assign relevant work. Once this preparation is done, it's a straightforward program to implement. When students complete the assignments, teachers will have access to a report that shows who answered correctly, when hints were used, when the work was completed, and how long it took each student to answer each question. There's even an option for students to show their work; however, since there's no drawing feature, it might be better to have students explain their thought process for just one or two questions. ASSISTments will break down the data by question and show the trends of incorrect answers. With this information, teachers can go over specific questions in class to drive home a concept or skill.
ASSISTments makes it easier for teachers to support their students and help them meet their learning goals. The program is designed with potential for engagement and encourages students to work hard through scaffolding and hints that are available for each question. Although the students have little choice about the type of work they complete, the program is adaptable and responsive. The assignments and skill-builder programs assess student understanding and reinforce foundational knowledge. When students struggle with a concept, they don't have to search through a textbook to find help; instead, they click the hint button. Both students and teachers have access to reports from the assignments so that students can monitor their own progress as teachers make necessary adjustments.
The program relies on text to communicate and help students through problems, which might be difficult for students with specific needs. That said, teachers can edit the content to include more visual and audio resources. Overall, this is a comprehensive tool for assigning content and assessing skills, but its success depends on the teacher's hard work in advance.