We are proud to introduce our eighteenth Sunday Spotlight, featuring Emily Young who is a 6th grade Social Studies Teacher in Ohio. Emily loves sharing the joy of Geography with her students, enjoys dressing up to bring history lessons alive, and likes the Drag and Drop question type the most. We hope you find Emily’s enthusiasm for teaching as inspiring as we do!
6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
North Adams Elementary
16 years working in education
“I love how I can make History come alive for my students. I love dressing up and engaging my students so they not only learn about the items I’m teaching from my curriculum, but they get to experience it.”
Get to know Emily Young
What do you love about working in education? What motivates you?
I love being able to have a job where I can make a difference everyday.
Why did you become a teacher?
My Mom says from the time I was old enough to talk, that I would line up my stuffed animals and “teach” them. One of the first items I asked for was a chalkboard for my pretend classroom. I have always had an internal calling to teach. As I grew older, I’m sure my drive to teach only became stronger. In high school I tutored elementary students and couldn’t wait to get my own classroom!
What has your path as a teacher been like?
This is my 16th year of teaching. I taught first grade for 13, third grade Language Arts for 2, and this is my second year teaching 6th grade Social Studies. I think with moving up to 6th grade I have found my niche’ I love how I can make History come alive for my students. I love dressing up and engaging my students so they not only learn about the items I’m teaching from my curriculum, but they get to experience it.
Describe your favorite Edulastic “aha” moment.
I heard about Edulastic from colleagues at a Depth of Knowledge training. At the time, I was teaching 3rd Grade Language Arts. In Ohio, we have a Third Grade Guarantee for our students. This law requires 3rd graders to pass our State ELA test at a proficient level or above in order to move onto fourth grade. Our first attempt at this test my students were allowed to use paper/pencil, however the second attempt was online. I experimented with Edulastic generating questions and learning how to create assessments and fell in LOVE! From that point on, when I have access to class sets of technology, I have used Edulastic for my assessments. I love the immediate feedback for my students, the connection to my state’s standards, and of course the data tracking.
What are your teaching/learning goals this year?
I would love to have more student-led learning occurring in my classroom.
Sum up your teaching philosophy in a few sentences!
Favorite motivational quotes:
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”- Wonder
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” Benjamin Franklin
Tips for new Edulastic users:
Don’t make one assessment and give up! It might take your students a few times of using Edulastic to get the hang of it, especially if you are working with younger students.
Favorite Edulastic question type?
I like using Drag and Drop, especially for Geography.
Favorite snack while using Edulastic
Coffee or tea?
Spring or Fall?
Best tactic for getting the class quiet?
I have silly call-backs..we are currently doing “Stop” and students say “Wait a Minute”
Must- have classroom Decor:
Ship-lap bulletin board paper!
Favorite time of the school year and why:
The beginning! It’s so exciting getting to know new students! I love learning about them and their interests. I am always challenged every year by those students who claim to “hate” Social Studies. My goal is to get a new answer from them at the end of the year!
Kindest compliment you have received from a student or teacher?
I had one student tell me they wished I was their mom.
Greatest accomplishment in the classroom this past year:
Making Geography exciting to my 6th graders!
How do you like to spend your free time?
I have 3 wild and crazy boys, so most of my time is spent with sports practices and games. I do occasionally get to relax with a good book, or binge-watch a show on Netflix!