We are proud to introduce our twentieth Sunday Spotlight, featuring Kim Piper who is a 9th grade Math Teacher in Arkansas. Kim’s focus this year is challenging students to have a growth mindset, her classroom motto is “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!”, and she uses digital assessment on a daily basis to provide checkpoints. We hope you enjoy the interview with Kim!
9th Grade Algebra Teacher
Benton Junior High School
6 years working in education
“Start small, but get started!”
Get to know Kim Piper
What do you love about working in education? What motivates you?
I love to see my students have ‘aha’ moments! When that light bulb goes off, we celebrate!
Why did you become a teacher?
Teaching is my second career. After twelve years in my first career, I starting asking myself ‘Will I be happy doing this the rest of my life?’ My answer was NO. After some soul searching, I knew that I wanted to teacher. I became a teacher to help students realize their potential and support them so they can reach it! I have a passion to teach people new things and encourage them along the way.
What is your “Edulastic story”?
I was introduced to Edulastic about three years ago by my Math Facilitator. Our district was moving toward online testing, so we wanted an assessment tool that would mimic the online assessments. We begin by creating short common assessments and grew from there. Now, I use Edulastic almost daily. I use edulastic for checkpoints (one-two skills), quizzes, test and common assessments.
Describe your favorite Edulastic “aha” moment.
When I realized all of the valuable, real-time data that could be collected from Edulastic, I knew I needed this in my class. The real-time data allows me to give immediate feedback and identify common misconceptions as they occur. This data has allowed me to quickly identify students that need remediation and give them the support they need in a timely manner.
The data that is collected from Edulastic on common assessments allows us to have data discussions within our PLC, so that we can grow as a group. During these discussions we discuss best practices for teaching and remediation of a skill.
What are your teaching/learning goals this year?
This year my goal is to challenge students to have a growth mindset. I challenge them to persevere through the tough times so, they can reap the reward in the end!
Favorite motivational idea:
Our classroom motto is, ‘If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!’
Tips for new Edulastic users:
Teachers that are new to Edulastic should start small. Create a small assignment with questions from the bank. This will allow you to see the data and how valuable it can be for you and your students. Once you are comfortable, try creating your own questions. Start with the basics (multiple choice, fill in the blank, etc) then move to tech enhanced questions (drag and drop, label, classify, etc). Start small, but get started!
Favorite Edulastic question type?
Drag and Drop
Favorite snack while using Edulastic
Spring or Fall?
Best tactic for getting the class quiet?
If needed, a countdown 3-2-1!
Must- have classroom Decor:
Panthers – school mascot
Favorite time of the school year and why:
My favorite time of the school year is fall. I like this time of year because, school spirit is at its best. We have pep rallies to support our teams and the students are all excited.
Kindest compliment you have received from a student or teacher?
The best compliment is when a student says ‘This is my favorite class!’ or when I get a handwritten thank you note.
Greatest accomplishment in the classroom this past year:
I begin incorporating online practice last year. It was encouraging to see students get excited when they would get a question correct. If a student got a questions wrong, they would look at hints to find mistakes or discuss with a partner to find their mistakes. It was exciting to see student-led conversations that allowed encouragement and leadership to develop.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Most of my free time is spent chasing my two year old son!