Rebecca Hill is a 4th Grade Teacher from Florida who has worked in education for 7 years.

Get to know Rebecca Hill

Introducing Edulastic Innovator Spotlight member Rebecca Hill! Rebecca Hill is a 4th Grade Teacher from Dunedin, FL. Rebecca has worked as a teacher for 7 years, and is a new addition to the Innovator Team. Welcome to the team Rebecca!

What do you love about teaching?

I love when kids get excited about something. When they finally figure out something they have been struggling with, or when they see something happen in a science exploration, or make a connection when reading a book, or discover a shortcut in math, it ignites something in me.

How did you learn about Edulastic?

Last school year, I taught the 4th grade students at my school who opted to attend online due to the Covid-19 situation. Wow! That was a learning experience for students, parents, and me! Needless to say, I had tried many different virtual programs with my students. One day, I saw a link on the side bar of my Canvas account; I clicked on it and started to investigate and the angels started to sing … LOL!

Why did you become a teacher?

Both of my parents are teachers. My dad taught Special Ed — what we now call ESE — and my mom finished her degree after my little sister was born and then taught 2nd grade. However, I came to teaching late. To the dismay of my parents, I didn’t continue with school right after high school. I always knew that I learned better by doing, rather than sitting in a desk and having someone talk at me. In my late 20’s I realized that a degree might be helpful, so I tried to go back a few times, but it was difficult to handle school and work, plus it still wasn’t enjoyable for me. I was in my 40’s when the recession hit, so I went to a one year, trade school programs for medical billing. I would have really wanted to go back to school for a teaching degree, but I had tried the traditional route before and I didn’t want start something unless I knew I could finish. While attending, I found that something had changed in me, I loved learning! I graduated from that school and was working as a medical biller. My friend Connie had gone back to school at a local community college and she was struggling with math, so she asked me to tutor her. While working with her, she continued to encourage me to go back to college and become a teacher. With my new found love of learning, Connie’s encouragement, and the fact that schools now offer online courses, I knew that this time I could make it to the finish line.

How did you learn about Edulastic?

Last school year, I taught the 4th grade students at my school who opted to attend online due to the Covid-19 situation. Wow! That was a learning experience for students, parents, and me! Needless to say, I had tried many different virtual programs with my students. One day, I saw a link on the side bar of my Canvas account; I clicked on it and started to investigate and the angels started to sing … LOL!

Describe your Edulastic “aha” moment when you realized Edulastic would be a great fit for you.

There were so many different things going for Edulastic that I cannot narrow it down to just one. It was full of new surprises over and over again. My first thrill was all of the prebuilt assignments. Last year was rough, so anything that could save me time was a Godsend. Then I realized that I could clone and edit assignments to fit my classes’ needs. I learned about SnapQuiz, where you can simply upload an already created PDF. Adding videos and links to assignments was so helpful especially for homework, because my students could review what was taught earlier in the day. Being virtual a big changer was when I figured out that I could have the quiz paused if they navigated away from the screen, and they would have to ask me to restart it for them. I love the variety of question stems I can create, and I love that I can add video and audio to my questions and set up accommodations for IEP students. It seems like great new features are being added all the time. I really get a sense that Edulastic listens to what teachers are saying.

The big hurdles started after the New Year, when students gradually started coming back to the classroom. Edulastic syncs with my Canvas roster, but some students could no longer access assignments. There is a little green speech bubble in the bottom right corner of the Edulastic screen, which I clicked on it and sent a message. Amazingly, someone responded within a half hour. The tech help was really helpful, who would think it! They got me back up and running as quick as possible every time.

Reflecting on challenges that you had to overcome last year, what are some tips for teachers who are new to Edulastic?

Just try it. Start small with a prebuilt assignment or a SnapQuiz. Ask questions. I Googled a lot of questions and found great answers. Then every week, try something different. Before you know it, you will be hooked like me. Then you could do something other than grade papers on the weekend too!

How do you use Edulastic these days?

This coming year, all 4th graders will have one-to-one devices, so I will be using Edulastic quite a bit. It lets me know right away who turned in the assignment and who did not. Additionally, students can access their assignments from home, which is so helpful if a student is absent. I hate mountains of paper. Edulastic gets rid of the paper and saves so much grading time. I might be able to enjoy my weekends this year.

Fun Facts

What are your teaching goals for this school year?

I want my students to learn, while having fun. If you enjoy what you’re doing, it makes things more memorable.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

Favorite type of question in Edulastic?

Multi-part questions

Sum up your teaching philosophy in a few sentences!

We have a lot of standards we have to get across to students every year, but if they don’t feel loved or welcome in your room, they won’t hear a word you say. Teaching starts with a strong classroom climate of love and acceptance so students feel free to make mistakes.

Greatest accomplishment in the classroom this year?

We made it through smarter and still smiling… it was quite a year! 🤣

How do you like to spend your free time?

Working in my garden, floating around the pool, playing with my dog, and a little bit of Candy Crush and June’s Journey.

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