We are so thrilled to honor our February Teacher of the Month, Tracey Tisdale, an elementary teacher from Ohio! According to the teacher who nominated her, “[Tracey] is inspired to give her students the best, most relevant education possible. By doing this, she seeks out and implements 21st century teaching on a daily basis. Although she is a seasoned teacher, she is always seeking out new ideas that bring education to the next level.”
Read more about Tracey and her use of Edcite below.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a teacher at Millersport Elementary in Walnut Township School District. I earned my BSED from Ohio University in 1983. I hold a MSED in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New England. I have been teaching for 23 years (full time) and have been at Millersport for 22 of those years. I am married with three children. My own kids’ ages range from 29 to 14. I have seen education through two sets of eyes in my life (through my role as a parent and as a teacher). It has changed dramatically.
What do you teach?
I teach 5th and 6th English Language Arts.
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because it has been my goal since I was a Jr. High student. As a high school student, I had the opportunity to tutor kids in the 2nd grade. I knew then that it would be my chosen career path and I never hesitated on that decision.
How did you hear about Edcite?
During a common core (PARCC) conference, I heard about Edcite through another teacher. After looking at it the first time, I was hooked. Nothing could be more exciting than to have the proper tool to prepare our kids for what they need to know.
What aspects make you most “Edcited” about Edcite?
Where do I begin?
- The ability to create my own assignments and tests using a platform that is necessary for my students to understand.
- The various choices of question types
- The ability for my students to have instant feedback on an assignment or assessment.
- The option for students to learn from the mistakes they’ve made, by seeing what the correct answers should be for a given question.
Sorry, it’s hard to pick just one or two reasons.
How do you use Edcite in the classroom?
My students take all their summative assessments on Edcite. We also use Edcite for Webquests and discovery assignments.
Final Words of Wisdom for other Edcite Users? 🙂
How lucky are we to have such a wonderful support staff in Edcite? One of my favorite things about the Edcite community is the access I have, as a teacher, to someone who can help me. I recall just starting out on Edcite, and I had so many questions. My questions were answered within minutes of my request. You just don’t find that everywhere. The Edcite team is also constantly changing to meet the teachers’ needs. I love how they take our suggestions with sincere interest and, more often than not, apply those suggestions to the site. They respect our role as teachers.
You can also learn more about Tracey in this Lancaster Eagle-Gazette news story! Interactive lessons help prep students