Teacher Review for ASSISTments

ASSISTments: Great Way to Assess Understanding (formatively speaking ;-)!

Sally B.
Classroom teacher
Falmouth Middle School
Falmouth, United States
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My Subjects Math
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have been using ASSISTments for over 3 years for quick vocabulary checks, short answer essays (which I can anonymize for maximum objectivity when I evaluate them), Skillbuilders (to shore up students’ weaker skills), and homework. It is terrific!
My Take
Initially, my teaching partner and I built our own content and it is not all that time consuming. Building content forced us to think about the problems we assigned for homework - were they indeed necessary to solidify understanding? In class, I only review those homework problems that most students missed (and make it a point to check in with students who show more unilateral confusion). As students do their homework, ASSISTments gives them instant feedback and the ability to comment on a problem in real time. I glance at their comments before class and this makes class time even more productive. I cannot imagine teaching without ASSISTments.