TeacherASSIST gives teachers the ability to create feedback for their students for any problem they have selected. The feedback can be in the form of Hints or Explanations and teachers can choose between text or video format. Any teacher already using ASSISTments can turn this feature on and only your students will see the hints and explanations you create!
The Teacher ASSIST Vision
Teacher ASSIST allows ASSISTments to be a sort of Wikipedia for teachers. The people who made Wikipedia did not write all articles that populate the website. ASSISTments has begun to crowdsource hints and explanations for all the commonly used questions in middle school mathematics, in particular those offered as Open Educational Resources (OER). Teachers would be reluctant to contribute their work if they thought we were selling ASSISTments. By keeping ASSISTments free, we will be able to impact as many teachers and students as possible!
How it all started
Dr. Heffernan was inspired to create Teacher ASSIST by Chris LeSiege, a teacher in Maine. Excited by ASSISTments, Mr. LeSiege went ahead and made a comment for every problem in an an entire textbook!
Dr. Heffernan created Teacher ASSIST to support awesome teachers like Mr. LeSiege. Now, the platform allows teachers to share their excellent tips with other teachers around the country!
ASSISTments Star Teachers
We like to highlight amazing teachers! If you want to share your problem hints and explanations with fellow teachers, teachers can apply to be Star-Teachers. Any hint created by a Star-Teacher will be delivered to all students using the content. If you have started building feedback apply to be a Star-Teacher, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testing Content for Effectiveness
At ASSISTments, we want to distribute only the best content. In order to see which explanations and hints are working, we will run tests on teacher-sourced content. This will help us to not only find content that works, but also persoanlize content to different types of student learners.