We are very excited to present our January Teacher of the Month, Brian Miller! Brian is a fantastic elementary teacher in Ohio and was an early adopter of Edcite. Read on to learn more about Brian and how he uses Edcite.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I teach in the Norwayne School District, which was the same district I attended as a student. I have lived all my life in Sterling, Ohio where I taught at Sterling Elementary. When the district combined elementary buildings, we moved to a new facility in Creston. After completing this school year, I will have taught a total of 19 years. I have been married nearly 16 years and have three children ages 9 to 14. I repented and became a believer of Jesus Christ at 16 years old, and have experienced countless blessings as a servant of God.
What do you teach?
I teach 4th grade math.
Why did you become a teacher?
Toward the end of my high school career, I found that I was intrigued by how the human mind learns and develops; and also, that I prefer working with people. I had both an aunt and uncle who were teachers and encouraged me to pursue this career. As I prayed about my future, I felt peacefully directed to major in elementary education. I enjoyed my coursework at the University of Akron and am very thankful to have an occupation that I look forward to each Monday morning! Teaching has been both challenging and richly rewarding.
How did you hear about Edcite?
I believe I came across a link to Edcite while researching how I could prepare my students for the upcoming state tests.
How do you use Edcite in the classroom?
All of my summative assessments are done on Edcite. In addition, I occasionally use Edcite to collect formative data, as well as provide the students with extra practice. Also, Edcite can be used as a tool to deliver a webquest type activity to students.
What aspects make you most “Edcited” about Edcite?
I really like the flexibility that Edcite’s question types provide for designing effective online assessments. I find that I am able to assess the students in ways that would not be possible with just pencil and paper. I also like the ease of grading. Edcite has continued to add features that make the grading process more streamlined. The export feature allows me to copy student grades to a spreadsheet which can then be imported directly into my gradebook. Recently, a nice addition has been the dashboard feature. I like being able to monitor students’ progress as they are working.
Final Words of Wisdom for other Edcite Users?
It is helpful to have the students save and pause when they are done with their test. This gives me time to check over their scratch paper to make sure they have worked out their problems. Once they have showed the necessary work, I allow them to submit their test for final grading.