For our last Teacher of the Month of the school year, we’re excited to celebrate Brian Darr! Since signing up for Edcite in November of this year, Brian has not only used the platform extensively with his students, but he has also given our team lots of feedback, helping us make our site even better for teachers. Brian was nominated for Teacher of the Month by his colleague Kecia Buxton who explained: “Brian has advocated for other teachers in our building to use Edcite and has worked with the math department to incorporate the use of Edcite tests in the seventh grade classrooms to better prepare students for the next generation assessments.”
Tell us about yourself:
My name is Brian Darr, and I havebeen teaching for sixteen years in the River View Local School District in Coshocton County, Ohio. I have taught the last four years teaching middle school math at River View Junior High School. I have been married to my wife Nikki for 5 years, and we have two children, Bryson (4) and Lennox (2). In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball and spending time with my wife, children, other family members, and friends.
How have you used Edcite at your school?
I have used the website for various assessment situations. I have used it to create my own pretests before units of instruction and summative assessments after units of instruction. When our state testing was approaching, I also used the 7th grade math PARCC review assessment created by another teacher on the site to provide exposure to my students of what PARCC type questions might look like.
What makes you Edcited about using Edcite?
I really like the wide array of features provided by Edcite: pre-written questions/problems, scoring/grading opportunities, large amount of question/problem templates, ability to create your own questions/problems using the question/problem templates provided. I think it is one of the best websites to provide quality practice for state testing formats. I like the ease of signing up and setting up classes as well.
Final Words of Wisdom?
I encourage all teachers to give Edcite a try in their classroom. It will become a very useful resource in their daily teaching.
Brian Darr is an excellent example of an early adopter of new technologies! He has done a wonderful job of using Edcite to mimic next generation tech enhanced questions for his own classroom assessments! Proud to have him as a teacher in the River View Local School District! Keep working hard and implementing these types of technologies!
Congratulations, Brian! Edcite is an excellent resource to mimic next generation testing in our classrooms everyday. Not only does Brian utilize Edcite and share it with the staff, but he also regular shares writing prompts and activities with the language arts department.