Think MasteryConnect isn’t for PreK-2? In our latest videos, primary grade guru and Regional Education Consultant Jenna Lagerman will show you why MasteryConnect is perfect for the littlest of scholars.

As a former kindergarten teacher and instructional coach, Jenna used MasteryConnect in her own classroom to identify student levels of understanding for skills like letter and number recognition, counting, and more. See her strategies for small-group and one-on-one interventions, progress monitoring, and evaluating data for next steps.

 

 

PD for Primary Grades

Need more guidance using MasteryConnect for your primary classes? Let us come to you!

Our Early Childhood Core PD is a full day, on-site session focused on teaching early childhood educators to successfully implement MasteryConnect tools in the classroom and capture meaningful data from well-designed assessments.

You’ll get hands-on experience navigating the MasteryConnect platform, assigning and delivering assessments, and evaluating data through reports.

Contact your Regional Education Consultant about scheduling the Early Childhood Core PD day for your teachers. Or fill out a quick form, and we’ll call you!

 

Android users rejoice! The MasteryConnect Teacher App is now available in the Google Play store.

With everything you need to launch and document performance-based assessments on your Android phone or tablet, you can roam free in your classroom, capturing evidence of learning wherever and whenever it happens.

With Teacher App in your pocket, here’s what you can do:

  • Launch assessments right from your phone or tablet
  • Record levels of student learning by uploading photos and notes with Evidence Capture
  • Score bubble sheets instantly with GradeCam
  • Record rubric-based grades for student performances and projects

 


 

See Teacher App in Action

 


 

This on-the-go approach to formative assessment makes it easy for you to assess your way, allowing you to provide instant feedback anytime learning happens—including field trips, performances and other non-traditional learning environments.

Interested in learning more about Teacher App or scheduling a demo? Call us at (801) 736-0258!

 

Jameil Saez Hobson

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Jameil Saez Hobson, not only is he a science and garden education teacher at Kamaile Academy in Hawai’i, he’s also a green thumb who loves to hike in his free time. He loves the GradeCam feature in MasteryConnect because it saves time on grading so he can focus his energy on empowering students to embrace their identities. Keep reading to see how he avoids burnout and what he considers to be the most memorable moment in his teaching career so far!


 

How many years have you been teaching?
4

What grades have you taught?
K-9

How do you avoid burnout?
By surrounding myself with amazing people and going to hikes.

Why did you start teaching?
I wanted to empower students in being proud of their identity and not to always question everything. Inquiry is the basis of science and we must always be open to all possibilities.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Never compromise your morals or ideals and always fight for was right.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
Fuego en la 23 – La Sonora Poncena

What is your favorite book on education?
Igniting the Sparkle – Gregory Cajete

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Be attentive and learn who are the key players at school. Learn from the environment first before trying to do any major project.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
Farmer

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Sailing in the Hokule’a with my students.

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
I want to travel to Thailand

What is your favorite MC Feature?
100% Gradecam. It’s been so helpful and is one less thing I have to do.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Never quit and remember that they are warriors.

 

Featured Teacher:
Stephanie Morris

February 11th, 2019

 

Glenn Rogers

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Stephanie Morris, she’s been teaching economics, government and history for 15 years. She currently teaches at Eau Claire High School in South Carolina and when she’s not in the classroom, she likes to unwind on the beach! She started teaching because she enjoys staying close to the community she was raised in. Keep reading to learn how she avoids burnout after all of her years in the classroom.


 

What grades have you taught?
6-12

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Relaxing at a beach

How do you avoid burnout?
Time management and not fretting over the little things. You have to be strict about your boundaries and know that there are only 24 hours in a day.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
When a student who has been struggling, finally gets it.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Never send an email while you’re angry.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
Happy by Pharrell

What is your favorite book on education?
Shine by Edward Hallowell

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Hang on, it gets better.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
Possibly an economist or working a government job. I’ve also thought about being an entrepreneur in the tech arena.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Each first day and each graduation is just as memorable.

What is your favorite quote?
A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot – Joe Vitale

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
To get back in the right mindset to finish my dissertation.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
Trackers, they give you a snapshot of how well the students learned the standards.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Learning doesn’t have to be hard.

What is your dream vacation?
Seychelles

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
I wasn’t always a fan of MasteryConnect. I looked at it like it was one more thing to do. Now I see the benefit and I don’t know what I would do without it.

 

Aw, a brand new semester full of new learning opportunities, and…roster updates. If your school or district is importing sections through Clever, and you find that you are either missing students or have “extra” ones, you can quickly update those new rosters to your existing Trackers.

Follow these step-by-step directions to get your rosters in tip-top shape for Spring semester.

  1. Click on Trackers, then find the tracker you want to connect; click on Edit under the tracker name.

 

  1. Select your class from the Link to Classroom drop-down menu, and click on Update.

 

  1. Make sure the number of students in your tracker matches the number in the classroom you are linking to and the section is the correct semester roster. If there are any hiccups in matching the students, you’ll receive an error message.

 

When a student is moved from one classroom to another during the school year, you can easily transfer that student’s information (including mastery levels and scores) to the new teacher’s Tracker if the Tracker is not connected to a section.
 

In order to do this:

  • The student must be transferred within the same school
  • The new grade level and standards must be the same
  • The student must have been manually added to the Tracker (students added as part of SIS sections can not be transferred using this function)

 

How to do this:

  1. In the Tracker, hover over the student’s name and click Edit.

 

  1. On the Edit Student dialog, click Transfer.
    Note: If you do not see the Transfer option, your student may have been added as an SIS section, and you will be unable to transfer them using this function.
  1. Click the Transfer to Classroom drop-down menu and select the tracker to which you want to transfer the student. You will only see trackers from teachers in your school with the same standards.

 

  1. The student’s information, including mastery levels and assessment scores will now appear in the new tracker with all the existing data.

 

To better protect the owners of copyrighted materials, we have updated our MasteryConnect Online Terms and Conditions. Please review the updated terms of use to ensure that you are uploading and sharing copyrighted materials in adherence to the MasteryConnect Terms of Use. Setting an accurate privacy setting for each assessment is the best first step.

MasteryConnect makes it easy for teachers to build, upload, and share their assessments with other teachers in the online community. However, we are also committed to protecting the rights of content providers—both companies and educators—who create and sell K-12 lessons and assessments. To protect copyrighted materials, we have multiple privacy settings to limit who can see and use uploaded materials.

Check Your Privacy Settings

When uploading assessments into MasteryConnect, it’s important that you choose the correct privacy setting to prevent protected materials from becoming publically available. Every time you upload an assessment, you’ll be asked to set the level of privacy.

There are four levels of privacy you’ll choose from:

  • Share with the community (recommended)
  • Make this material private to me
  • Make this material private to my school
  • Make this material private to my district

 
Be sure to check the conditions of your protected materials in order to set the accurate privacy level. We also suggest you do a quick review of previously uploaded materials to make sure the privacy level is accurate.

As another layer of defense against copyright infringement, the MasteryConnect team continually monitors the community to update privacy settings when necessary. If we find a copyrighted assessment, we will change it to the “private to me” setting and send a message to notify the user that we have adjusted the privacy level and why.

Help Protect Copyrighted Materials

If you see an assessment that should not be public, you can reach out to the user who uploaded it by either commenting in the box below the assessment or sending the user a private message. We appreciate your help in protecting our online community!

Featured Teacher:
Glenn Rogers

January 8th, 2019

 

Glenn Rogers

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Glenn Rogers, a dedicated math teacher at CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School in Connecticut. His passion for teaching started in 10th grade when he helped his classmates with a math problem. He believes math isn’t about finding the right answer, and strives to help his students realize they can solve problems in many different ways. Keep reading to find out how Glenn avoids burnout and the moment he considers most memorable in his teaching career.


 

How many years have you been teaching?
6

What subjects have you taught?
High School and Middle School Mathematics

What grades have you taught?
7th and 9th – 12th Grade

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Go on outings with my family. Take long walks with my dog, Loki. Read some of my favorite comic books. Re-watch all of my favorite Superhero films. Play complex board games with friends.

How do you avoid burnout?
Take personal time out of each day for myself to play a favorite game, read one of my son’s favorite books to him, or watch a funny episode of a show on Netflix.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
Watching students grow on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. To see a student change their mindset to achieve their learning and life goals is remarkable. To be a part of that journey is amazing.

Why did you start teaching?
It began when I showed an example of a problem to my classmates in 10th grade. The experience showed me how much I enjoyed helping other people to comprehend mathematics. It was the starting point of my passion for teaching.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Not every lesson is going to go according to your plan. Take note of your accomplishments, watch for the moments of uncertainty, and reflect and recover when mistakes are made.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
“Walking On a Dream” by Empire of the Sun

What is your favorite book on education?
Visible Learning For Mathematics by John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Observe other teachers in your building to gain multiple learning experiences. Don’t be ashamed to ask questions, get help and advice from the people around you. Get to know your students as much as possible; building relationships with students can improve classroom behavior and rapport.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
An actuary

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
On my birthday last year, when I returned to my classroom after walking students back up from lunch my students surprised me with a loud “Happy Birthday” song and a few gifts and cards. I was very surprised and thankful.

What is your favorite quote?
“You’re going to make a difference. A lot of times it won’t be huge, it won’t be visible even. But it will matter just the same.” – James Gordon (Batman)

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
To observe more teachers during the day to gain more examples of teaching styles and methods.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
Admin Tab – I really enjoy making new items/questions that I can use on daily and weekly assessments

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Mathematics is not always about finding the right answer. It is about seeing how you can solve a problem in different and unique ways.

What is your dream vacation?
Travel to a country that has a mix of history, recreation and relaxation.

 

We know that educators have a lot on their plate at all times. That’s why MC Support Specialists want to help you get the support you need with as little back-and-forth as possible.

Here’s what we did to make submitting a Support Ticket more efficient:

  1. There’s now a section for ‘Additional Information’ that gives you space to include specific information about your issue. You can now include the names of students, teachers, trackers and assessments, so we can address the problem you’re seeing right away.
  2. Support tickets are now shorter than ever, so it takes less time to submit a ticket and less time for us to resolve your issues.
  3. No need for you to pull information about your browser or operating system every time you submit a support ticket anymore—we’ve got you covered! We now automatically include that information to make it easier for you to get the help you need.

Get more information on how to submit a support ticket here.

Have a MasteryConnect question? Visit our Help Center for articles and video tutorials. Or get one-on-one help from one of our Support Specialists by submitting a support ticket here.

Featured Teacher:
Stephen Marks

December 18th, 2018

 

Steven Marks

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Stephen Marks, a dedicated social studies teacher at Evergreen Middle School in Ohio. After teaching for 13 years, Stephen still gets excited about being the leader of his classroom every single day. In the summer when he’s not in the classroom he’s busy watching his favorite team, the Detroit Tigers! Keep reading to find out what book he says all first-year teachers should read and his favorite time-saving MC feature!


 

What is your school and district?
Evergreen Middle School – Evergreen Local Schools

What grades have you taught?
7-8

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Following the Detroit Tigers all summer long.

How do you avoid burnout?
Daily exercise to reduce stress. Trying new things in the classroom to keep things fresh.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
The challenge of being a servant leader on a daily basis.

Why did you start teaching?
To try and make a small positive impact on students each day.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“You are the CEO of your classroom”.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
“Odds Are” by Barenaked Ladies

What is your favorite book on education?
Conscious Classroom Management by Rick Smith.

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Read “Conscious Classroom Management” by Rick Smith before the school year starts. Without skills in this area your instructional skills never get a chance to shine.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
Lawyer or psychologist.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Every time I’ve helped a student surprise themselves in a positive way is memorable.

What is your favorite quote?
The only place where success comes before work is the dictionary.

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
90%+ passage rate on my year end SLO test.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
I really enjoy the instant item analysis. Great time saver!

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Improved critical thinking skills.

What is your dream vacation?
All 30 MLB ballparks in one summer.

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
I work with an awesome team of instructional technology resoure teachers!

 

Beginning next week, you will have a new option for organizing and printing progress reports. You will  be able to print alphabetically by grade, making it easier to create, print, and distribute reports.

To organize and print alphabetically by grade within a school, simply select the checkbox on the Create Progress Report page as shown below.

For more information on creating Progress Reports, visit our Help Center article.