We are proud to introduce our 46th Sunday Spotlight, featuring Alicia Johal who is a teacher in San Diego, California. Alicia likes using Edulastic to create her own questions as well as integrate NGSS aligned assessment questions into her standards and mastery based grading model. Her mission as a teacher is to ignite her students’ curiosity, interest and engagement in the field of science. She is the leader of an underwater robotics and strives to inspire young women to persist in STEM . We enjoyed getting to know Alicia and hope you enjoy the interview!
Mar Vista Academy
San Diego, California
6 years working in education
“Before I research my content or research my curriculum, I research my students. Who is in my room? What are their hobbies? Where do they hangout after school? What’s on their mind? How do they feel about science? How do they feel about school? Questions like these help me plan the most effective lessons for my students because I plan around them, not me.”
– Alicia Johal
Get to know Alicia Johal
What do you love about working in education? What motivates you?
Why did you become a teacher?
What is your “Edulastic story”?
Describe your Edulastic “aha” moment.
What are your teaching/learning goals this year?
Sum up your teaching philosophy in a few sentences!
Favorite motivational quote:
“The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out.”
Tips for new Edulastic users:
Favorite Edulastic question type?
Favorite snack while using Edulastic
Coffee or Tea?
Spring or Fall?
Best tactic for getting the class quiet?
Must- have classroom Decor:
Favorite time of the school year and why:
I love second semester. This is when my underwater robotics club gets started. It’s also a time where classroom relationships and rituals have been established, so we get to go deep with our science thinking and learning.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Kindest compliment you have received from a student or teacher?
Funniest student moment?
Greatest accomplishment in the classroom this past year: