We are proud to introduce Edulastic Innovator Spotlight member Victoria Miles! Victoria is a high school math teacher and department leader in Middleborough, MA. She administers common unit assessments on Edulastic, and she loves the instant feedback and data reports that are available to all teachers. We enjoyed getting to know Victoria and hope you do too!
Get to know Victoria Miles
What inspired you to work in education?
Ever since I became a student myself in Pre-school, I have wanted to become a teacher. I originally thought I would like to teach Math at the small college level, but my first teaching job was Middle School Math. After 16 years in Middle School, I moved to the High School.
Please sum up your teaching philosophy in a few sentences?
Be willing to try the best newest things, especially if it means improved student performance and increased understanding.
How did you learn about Edulastic? What is your Edulastic story?
In 2015 I participated in a Performance Level Setting process for PARCC. That was my first experience with digital assessments. I was so impressed with the various item styles, I asked the Pearson programmers how they write items like that. They explained to me the code for writing these question types is so involved, that a typical teacher would not write these questions. That afternoon, I searched google for a website or platform that was free, that allowed for digital test item creation. A couple of pages in on my google search, I found edulastic! I had never heard of it. At that time, Edulastic was just beginning and had a facebook page with a small number of followers. I joined, began experimenting and learned to love edulastic! I used the free version with my students for 1.5 years, then I was thrilled to learn my district paid for the Enterprise version. This is our second year using the Enterprise version.
What do you love about Edulastic? How do you use it in your classroom?
I love the paperless aspect of assessment. I don’t have to worry about losing or misplacing a test. Students get immediate feedback on our formative tests. I love the data reports that are accessible to our teachers. We have common unit assessments in my school in every math course, for every unit. This helps us to have unity, and have a common goal.
What tips do you have for teachers who are new to Edulastic?
Watch the little question mark videos! So helpful! Map your test items to the single most specific standard the item is assessing.
Share an #EduVictory from the past year:
Our goal as a math department last year, was to administer common unit assessments using Edulastic in Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2. We knew it was a lofty goal, but we made it! This year, we will focus on adjusting and revising our common assessments, based on assessment data.
Favorite Edulastic question type:
Drag and Drop, Label an Image, Graphing, Cloze Formula, Classification
Favorite lesson to teach:
What subjects do you use Edulastic for?
Sound of Music
I love to attend my students’ athletic games.
Must have classroom decor:
Anything and everything math-artsy, math in nature, geometric abstract art
Funniest student moment:
I love the funny, spontaneous things students say!