Featured Teacher:
Megan Cox

September 28th, 2018

 

Samantha

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.

Megan Cox teachers at Blackridge Elementary in the Greater Salt Lake City area. A nine-year teaching veteran, she’s  taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grades. Read on to learn what she thinks would be her perfect walk-on song!

 


What keeps you excited about teaching?
Learning new things and new ways to teach. The energy of students.

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Put in the time now and you will be rewarded for it later.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Learning is important but being kind is what matters most.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
When all else fails, try something new.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
Social Services or Business

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Having a difficult student. He didn’t learn much but he grew so much socially. He learned respect and how to calm down. He learned that he MATTERS!

What is your favorite quote?
“It is our choices that show us what we truly are far more than our abilities.” -Albus Dumbledore

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
Make connections and relationships with more kids.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
Socrative

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Reading on my Kindle

What is your dream vacation?
Europe

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
Using tools like MC make our jobs easier. It allows us to focus on the kids. What their true needs are and it allows us to think outside of the box.


Check back often to meet other amazing educators in the MasteryConnect community!

It’s Benchmark Season!

September 26th, 2018

Here at MasteryConnect, we want to make sure you have a great benchmark season. To help you be successful, we have rounded up our best resources to ensure benchmarks are smooth sailing.

Step-by-Step Articles in the MC Help Center
Take a peek at our best benchmarking articles from our Help Center. Each one gives you step-by-step instructions during every part of the process.

Online PD Benchmarking Course
For a more thorough overview, visit Online PD for our course on all things Benchmarking. There are 5 short videos—three minute or less—that will walk you through building, scheduling, and administering Benchmarks at the school and district level. Log into your MC account and launch online PD from app launcher next to your name.

Need More Help?
Want your own Benchmarking PD Session from a MasteryConnect specialist? Request more information from your Regional Education Consultant or fill out this form.

Have a different benchmarking question for us? You can always log in to submit a ticket to our talented support specialists here.

 

Samantha

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 James Mazzarano, math teacher at Fordham High School for the Arts in New York City. Mr. Mazzarano has been teaching grades 9-12 for four years. A college swimmer and diver, read on to see how he channels his inner Yoda to stay excited about teaching.

 


Which subjects have you taught?
Algebra I, Honors Algebra II, Algebra II, Honors Geometry, Math and Financial Applications

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
Provide a more student-centered classroom where all students feel safe to participate and collaborate together.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
Seeing students succeed in content and life skills I have taught them.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Teaching is not a field you should enter if you are looking for a 100 on every task you are expected to complete. Teaching is about efficiency and willingness to learn and grow.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
“Monument” – A Day to Remember

What is your favorite book on education?
Front of the Class by Brad Cohen

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Ask questions. If you do not know how to do something, always ask. It is better to ask for help than to “suffer in silence.” Each school has a community of teachers to help and support you.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
I would be a structural engineer building homes.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
A student and their classmates told me that I am one of the most consistent figures in their lives, and they use what I have taught them every day.

What is your favorite quote?
“Failure, the greatest teacher is.” -Master Yoda

What is your favorite MC Feature?
Data reports by standard.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
I want students to learn that you can use math in a variety of ways. They may not take away every concept or topic I cover, but they will take away something.

What is your dream vacation?
Sitting on a beach somewhere tropical listening to the sound of the crashing waves.

What else would you like to share?
I have been a swimmer and a diver most of my life. I swam and dove varsity in middle school and high school, year-round on a USA Swimming team, and swam and dove in college.


Check back often to meet other amazing educators in the MasteryConnect community!

Item Bank Versioning – Now Live!

September 12th, 2018

Certica Navigate Item Bank and CASE Item Bank users can now see when a change has been made to their items. As you know, we receive new versions of your items from your bank several times of year; the new item versioning functionality lets you know when an item has been updated.

For updated items, in order to maintain the data integrity of your assessments, we’ll be versioning the older items and allowing access to the newer items.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • While editing or cloning an assessment, look for the red update icon. It’s your signal that a newer version is now available.
  • Don’t worry! Assessments using the older items will still remain the same, but the owner of the assessment can update to the new version of the item if they choose to.
  • The most up-to-date items will always be shown in the Item Bank, so you’ll always have the latest and greatest at your fingertips.

Don’t have an item bank? now is the time to get one added! Call us at (801) 736-0258 or learn more here. And be sure to check our blog often for the latest feature updates!