Get to know Cindy K. Jackson
Introducing Edulastic Innovator Spotlight member Cindy K. Jackson! Cindy teaches high school in Piedmont, SC, and has worked in education for 27 years. Read on to learn more about Cindy, her Edulastic journey, and her teaching philosophy!
Why did you become a teacher?
I was blessed with parents who were always willing to take extra time to show me how and why even when I had a gaggle of ridiculous questions. That always resonated with me and I love being able to share knowledge with the future generations.
What do you love about teaching?
I love helping students learn by doing. I have always believed that when students understand how a topic is used in the real-world rather than just learn about something in the context of a classroom lesson helps create lifelong learners.
What is your “Edulastic story”?
A colleague shared a multiple-choice assessment that she was using in her classroom and when I opened it to preview, I was super intrigued by all of the available possibilities Edulastic had to offer. I immediately started learning how to create assessments and use Edulastic for both formative and summative assessments. The rest is history. I don’t think I will ever teach a class without Edulastic again.
After previewing a shared assessment, I immediately realized that Edulastic would forever be a part of my classroom. The wide variety of question types make it a perfect tool for students and the data provided make it a perfect tool for teachers.
Why do you love Edulastic?
I stumbled upon Edulastic when I was searching for sample assessments for my Earth/Space Science class. As they say, I “went down the rabbit hole” for hours researching this online platform. The first year, I included a created several Edulastic tests for student use and once I was able to really be knowledgable about how the data is presented after the assessment, I will never use another online platform.
The Edulastic “aha” moment for me was assigning my Progress Monitoring assessment to the students. I had been using Edulastic for my Unit assessments and loved the data it provided, so I decided to implement this testing platform for my Progress Monitoring assessment. The data I am able to pull for my students has easily identified areas of strengths and weaknesses that are used to guide Science instruction. Additionally, in December, the assessment data growth is easily shown through graphs and able to be presented in whole class sections as well as individual sections.
What are some tips for teachers who are new to Edulastic?
I believe that if we learned anything from the past school year, it is that we all must be patient. Incorporating new instructional techniques doesn’t happen with the blink of an eye, but if you take time to investigate and learn, Edulastic is user-friendly and is a great addition to any classroom.
What is your teaching philosophy?
It is my goal to combine my range of experiences with my abilities to be a knowledgeable, compassionate, enthusiastic, and supportive teacher who will create a learning environment that allows students to learn by doing while feeling comfortable enough to take chances.
How do you think a teacher can foster a lifelong learning attitude in students?
Success is a direct result of being a lifelong learner. We often celebrate big successes but we can’t forget small milestones. From learning how to change a tire, to cook a new meal, to learning how to apply or use a new technology…success comes in many shapes and forms. But each success we achieve is a result of learning and many times trying again after failure. Teachers must focus on instilling a thirst for knowledge in students.
Favorite motivational quote?
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” ~ Vince Lombardi
Favorite Edulastic question type?
I love the math and graphing questions but also use the multiple selection multiple choice questions as well.
Kindest compliment you have received from a student?
I had a student who was a challenge to say the least stop by and visit me after he graduated. He said he wanted to let me know that even though he didn’t show it, I was one of his favorite teachers because I showed him how education relates to the real-world and that I constantly challenged him. He said he didn’t think he would have graduated high school if I hadn’t constantly pushed him and he KNEW he wouldn’t have attended college.
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Must-have classroom decor?
My main focus on classroom decor is to make my classroom feel welcoming to students. I always highlight the school where I’m teaching and Clemson University Tigers.
Favorite time of the school year?
I enjoy the midpoint of a class. Sometimes, the beginning of the year can seem overwhelming trying to get everyone on the same page and the end of the course is often stressful as you are preparing for exams. I truly enjoy time in the classroom where students can focus on real-world applications.