Digital or paper? We say both!

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Integrating an edtech tool like ASSISTments Teacher with paper and pencil can be a powerful approach to encourage students to show their work and enhance their learning experience. When students show their work, not only does it help teachers identify learning gaps and create customized lesson plans, but it also provides students with a clear roadmap for tackling complex problems. 

When students visualize their thought processes, teachers have critical information to help formulate a plan to fill those learning gaps and help students succeed. Additionally, students who display their work benefit from having a visual checklist of the parts of the problem they have already solved, allowing for easier reference and reducing the need to remember all the steps they have taken. As such, we encourage teachers to combine paper and pencil with ASSISTments.  

Here are some ways in which ASSISTments Teacher can be used alongside paper and pencil to foster a routine for students to demonstrate their problem-solving process:

Assign paper and pencil practice

By assigning problem sets that require students to solve them using paper and pencil, you can encourage a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in class. This approach provides students with an opportunity to engage with the material in a more tactile way, allowing them to visualize and work throughproblems step by step. Additionally, requiring students to show their work on paper can help teachers identify areas where students may be struggling and provide targeted support. So why not give it a try and see the impact it can have on your classroom?

Transfer answers to ASSISTments

After completing their work on paper, students can transfer their solutions to the platform for personalized feedback and automated grading. This allows teachers to provide targeted support while still utilizing the benefits of the platform's data reporting. Students can input their answers or upload images of their written work for more detailed feedback, which can help improve their problem-solving skills even further.

Use ASSISTments as a feedback tool 

Students can use ASSISTments to check their solutions and receive immediate feedback. They can compare their answers with the provided solutions or explanations in ASSISTments and identify any errors or misconceptions. This not only helps students improve their understanding of the material but also allows them to take more ownership over their learning, ultimately leading to greater success both in and out of the classroom.

Analyze student work using ASSISTments data

By examining student work submitted through the ASSISTments platform, including uploaded images of paper and pencil work, teachers can identify areas where students are struggling and craft targeted lessons to address specific learning gaps. This analysis of student performance data empowers teachers to make informed instructional decisions and support student success.

Provide targeted interventions

Based on the analysis of student work and the data collected by ASSISTments, teachers can provide targeted interventions to address individual learning needs. They can offer personalized feedback, additional practice opportunities, or one-on-one support to help students improve their problem-solving skills and show their work more effectively. 

Print Assignments and Problem Sets

Teachers have long desired the ability to print assignments, and we are thrilled to deliver on this request. Teachers can now 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.

Now, with just a few clicks, you can print any assignment you have created. Whether it's a math problem set or a science assignment, you can choose to print directly to a printer or save it as a PDF for later printing. This flexibility ensures that teachers can seamlessly integrate printed assignments into their teaching workflow.

Ready to start printing your assignments? Learn how in this short video.

By combining the benefits of paper and pencil with the features of ASSISTments, teachers can create a learning environment that encourages students to demonstrate their thought process, improve their problem-solving abilities, and receive timely feedback. This integration allows for a dynamic approach to math learning that leverages both traditional and technological tools to enhance student engagement and success, ultimately leading to improved outcomes and a passion for math.

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