5 Simple Tips for Getting Started with ASSISTments

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Introducing a new classroom tool to your students can sometimes feel overwhelming. However, we're here to help! In this blog post, we've compiled a set of quick tips to assist you in effectively communicating and working with ASSISTments Teacher. With these tips, you can confidently dive into our platform and ensure that your students recognize the value of using it. From setting expectations to providing clear instructions, we've got you covered. So, let's make the most of our platform and maximize your class time effortlessly!

To smoothly introduce ASSISTments to your students, try implementing each of these tips:

Tip #1: Scoring vs. Grading

It's important to emphasize to students and parents that the scores from ASSISTments Teacher will not be used as grades. You can use the provided parent letter template , modifying it as necessary, to reinforce this message.

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Tip #2:  Showing Your Work Shows Your Thinking

There’s a new feature that allows teachers to easily print assignments and problem sets in ASSISTments. This feature allows students to work out their problems on paper before submitting their answers electronically, enhancing the learning experience. From My Assignments or My Problem Sets, you just click the triple dots next to any assignment or problem set to locate the Print option.


Tip #3:  Try Before You “Buy”

Start with low-stakes initial assignments to familiarize students with the system. You can find the Student Practice Assignments provided by ASSISTments Teacher in a folder located at the bottom of the Content Library in your ASSISTments Teacher account. Learn more about how to use these Practice Assignments here.

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Tip #4:  Be a Model

Set a clear protocol for open response questions, whether it's uploading a picture, using an online drawing tool, or taking a screenshot. Share the Open Response Student Tutorial video with your students to demonstrate the process effectively.

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‍Tip #5: Data Discussions will Drive Engagement

Start reviewing assignment data from the first day and make it a habit. Use the Assignment Report feature to analyze and discuss the data with your students.  

By following these tips, teachers can effectively communicate the purpose and benefits of using ASSISTments Teacher to their students. Plus, they can establish a system for student engagement and leverage the data for meaningful discussions and improved learning outcomes. Get started when you create and assign a problem set in ASSISTments! 

If you have any questions or want to share stories from your classroom, you can email ASSISTments at contact@assistments.org.

‍Once you get started, you’ll wonder how you ever taught math without ASSISTments! We’d love to hear from you - email us (contact@assistments.org) with questions or stories from you classroom.


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