Kids hate doing homework. Parents hate nagging about it. Teachers hate grading it. There are even ongoing debates among educators about whether all the assignments help students learn much. Here’s one way that homework might be more effective: crowdsourcing help from teachers.
Neil Heffernan, a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, came up with the idea in 2016 after a Maine middle school math teacher, Chris LeSiege, uploaded hundreds of hints he had written for solving textbook problems to Heffernan’s free online homework help website, ASSISTments. When LeSiege’s 7th grade students felt stuck at home, they could click on a help button for each problem and get a tip or a reminder of something LeSiege had discussed in class.
This five-year grant, led by TAF Co-Founder and Executive Director Cristina Heffernan, will be used to further develop ASSISTments’ innovative tutoring technology, which leverages teacher- and student-facing tools for core instruction. This project will focus on high-needs middle school math students and their teachers at more than 150 schools.Continue Reading
CenterPoint’s Fresh Start Screener in mathematics is now available through ASSISTment’s platform. The Fresh Start Screener helps teachers evaluate student understanding of content taught in the prior grade, gauge areas of strengths and unfinished learning, and chart their path forward.Continue Reading