Q: How often are teachers expected to assign homework?
A: Teachers will be expected to use the system for homework at least 3 days a week. The expectation can be adjusted so that it follows school or district’s policy on homework. The only difference for them during those three nights will be using ASSISTments, not the content itself. The team at WPI will input any content the teacher wants into ASSISTments for them. WPI will input textbooks and worksheets in such a way that does not violate copyright. This video describes how we take whatever textbook you are using and put it into ASSISTments. If you do not use a textbook we can do this for any materials the teacher uses. Link for Video: https://youtu.be/nqiLrOInrS8
Q: I am a 7th grade math teacher. If my school joins the study, what do I need to do?
A: If your school is assigned into the immediate use group, starting from when your school enrolls through 2020-21 you will need to:
- Participate in professional development sessions to learn how to use ASSISTments to support homework assignment and grading, how to interpret reports from ASSISTments, etc.
- Assign homework through ASSISTments to your students on average 3 times per week during the study
- Participate in data collection activities such as interviews, surveys, classroom observations, logs, etc.
Q: How much time will the PD take during the summer?
A: The PD will consist of: initial training during the 2019-20 school year after your school enrolls and a 2-day workshop during Summer 2020, compensated at $200 per day. During the school year, local trainers will make monthly visits to the schools and teachers will have regular access to online supports.
Q: Who uploads the homework questions? What about the feedback?
A: Research assistants at WPI will be responsible to upload any and all content that teachers want to use. WPI will input textbooks and worksheets in such a way that does not violate copyright. This video describes how we take whatever textbook you are using and put it into ASSISTments. If you do not use a textbook we can do this for any materials the teacher uses. Link for Video: https://youtu.be/nqiLrOInrS8
Q: Do I need to change my normal routine of teaching math?
A: The intervention will not be disruptive to your normal routine. The math you will assign using ASSISTments will be from your textbook and your support materials. Teachers work together to make sure it is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Math. The only thing that will change is that the homework assignment will be done through ASSISTments and you will get automatic reports about your students' performance the next day.